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Ariel Merari

Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1998-2000

 

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Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1998-2000

Current Affiliation: Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Gerson H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel

 

 

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2000

October 2000

"Israel's Preparedness for High Consequence Terrorism"

Discussion Paper

By Ariel Merari, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1998-2000

Since its creation in 1948, Israel has had to contend with the constant threat of terrorism. To meet this challenge, Israel has created and maintained an elaborate counterterrorism system. Much of the Israeli effort has focused on developing defensive measures designed to prevent attacks on the civilian population and minimize casualties. Israel has developed this strategy for two reasons. First, most Palestinian terrorist attacks, as well as a smaller yet significant number of attacks by Lebanese groups, have been random attacks against civilians. Second, all Israeli governments have been highly sensitive to civilian casualties.

 

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