This book is devoted to Israel's asymmetric wars, those conducted
against irregular armed groups that have attacked it. It seeks to
understand the Israeli strategy in the fight against terrorists
acting under the guise of civilians or using the population as
human shields. The army has implemented a loosely devised, if not
simplistic, doctrine of disproportionate response since Israel's
founding. The results have been mediocre, nearly always leading to
the death of innocent Arab civilians and exacerbating anti-Israeli
sentiment. Each time it has led to an escalation that is difficult
to control and thrown the entire country into an increasingly
inextricable situation. Practically every time it has made Israel,
the aggressed party, look like the aggressor. What explains such
perseverance? This research is based on vast documentation
collected in Israel as well as on more than 60 in-depth interviews
with officers and simple soldiers, senior counterterrorism
officials, politicians, journalists and NGOs.
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