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By Samy Cohen

ISBN-10: 0230104444

ISBN-13: 9780230104440

This e-book is dedicated to Israel’s uneven wars, these carried out opposed to abnormal armed teams that experience attacked it. It seeks to appreciate the Israeli process within the struggle opposed to terrorists performing less than the guise of civilians or utilizing the inhabitants as human shields. the military has carried out a loosely devised, if now not simplistic, doctrine of “disproportionate reaction” on the grounds that Israel’s founding. the consequences were mediocre, almost always resulting in the loss of life of blameless Arab civilians and exacerbating anti-Israeli sentiment. every time it has resulted in an escalation that's tough to regulate and thrown the full kingdom into an more and more inextricable scenario. essentially at any time when it has made Israel, the aggressed celebration, appear like the aggressor. What explains such perseverance? This study is predicated on great documentation accrued in Israel in addition to on greater than 60 in-depth interviews with officials and easy infantrymen, senior counterterrorism officers, politicians, newshounds and NGOs.

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Political leaders also have to deal with the problem of their credibility in the eyes of the armed groups. Respecting international law to the letter would be the equivalent of sending terrorists the wrong message, which would only encourage them to carry out more attacks. On the contrary, these leaders believe that when dealing with irregular 22 Israel’s Asymmetric Wars combatants they must display their determination not to be burdened by moral considerations, since armed groups would only see such loyalty to principles as a sign of weakness.

A large number of people were killed due to landmines set along the infiltrators’ presumed paths. ”17 Expulsions were also part of the arsenal used to fight against infiltrators. Those suspected of having managed to settle in Israel on the sly were arrested and escorted to the border. The most brutal expulsions took place in late May 1950. About a hundred alleged infiltrators were arrested and deposited at the Jordanian border in the Arava desert, already intensely hot at that time of the year.

Such is the context in which the Kfar Kassem massacre occurred. It happened on October 29, 1956, on the eve of Operation Kadesh, Israel’s code name for the Sinai Campaign. Certain units were given the mission to watch the eastern front to prevent a possible recrudescence of attacks from Jordanian armed groups. One of them, a Magav unit (acronym for Mishmar Hagvul [border guards]), was instructed by Colonel Isachar Shadmi, under whose command it was placed, to put under curfew eight Israeli Arab villages in the “Triangle,” an area located south of Galilee and near the Jordanian border.

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