Israel has been confronting terror since long before 9/11. Even before the founding of the Jewish state, Israel’s enemies targeted civilians and used other revolting tactics in order to sow fear among the citizenry. But Israel and Israelis have refused to give way, even as terror groups have become more brazen. Read about the groups and tactics Israel confronts here.
Israel’s challenges in fighting the terrorists who threaten it is, in some ways, a classic case of “Asymmetrical warfare”—when one side of a conflict has more might or resources than the other. While it’s true that Israel’s army—a highly trained force equipped with sophisticated weaponry—looks like it has all of the advantages, this conflict is not really so simple. Read more »
Hamas was born along with the First Intifada. The word “Hamas,” which is an acronym for the Arabic phrase “Islamic Resistance Movement,” means enthusiasm or zeal, and correctly describes the attitude with which its members carry out its main mission—namely, the destruction of Israel. Read more »
In January and February of 1985, as Israel began slowly pulling out of Lebanon, a Lebanese sheik announced the official formation of a resistance movement named “Hezbollah,” the name that today is synonymous with Katushya rockets and terror. Hezbollah was founded in order to combat what the Lebanese perceived as Israeli occupation; even though Israel withdrew most of its troops, Hezbollah objected to the soldiers stationed in a “security zone” in southern Lebanon. Between 1982 and 2000, Hezbollah, which means “party of God,” waged guerrilla warfare against the IDF, attacking and kidnapping soldiers. Read more »
While only a handful of Arab or Muslim countries have acknowledged Israel, let alone established diplomatic relations with her, there is one whose rhetoric—and, more importantly, military actions—have positioned it as Israel’s most dire enemy: Iran. Read more »
The Palestinian Authority, (PA, also called the Palestinian National Authority, PNA), came into existence in 1994 as a result of the 1993 Oslo Accords. In an effort to moderate the Palestinian voice, the PA was created in order to take over negotiations and administration of Palestinian territories in the West Bank until a final agreement could be reached. While the PLO remains the internationally recognized representative of the Palestinian people, and has a seat in the UN, the PA became responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Palestinian areas. Read more »