The Israeli Secret Ser­vices and the Strug­gle Against Terrorism

Ami Pedahzur
  • Review
By – January 10, 2012
It reads like a spy nov­el, but it is all true. As the title implies, The Israeli Secret Ser­vices and the Strug­gle Against Ter­ror­ism is a work of his­to­ry that chron­i­cles Israel’s fight against ter­ror. It is a behind the scenes descrip­tion of ter­ror attacks, a dra­mat­ic retelling of the many attacks that were foiled and of the many, too many, that suc­ceed­ed. 

Pedahzur’s work brings to life the Mossad and the numer­ous oth­er anti-ter­ror units at work in Israel. Read­ers are giv­en an inside look at the many orga­ni­za­tions, from the Intel­li­gence branch, to the for­eign min­istry, to the Prime Minister’s office, whose task it is to uncov­er and pre­vent acts of ter­ror in Israel and to pro­tect Israelis abroad. 

Even before the State of Israel was cre­at­ed there were Israeli anti-ter­ror units. Pedahzur traces the evo­lu­tion, the mor­ph­ing and the remor­ph­ing of Israel’s anti-ter­ror mech­a­nisms, trans­form­ing them­selves to meet the needs of an ever grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and to thwart the ever chang­ing threats. The author looks at Israeli soci­ety with a cold, objec­tive eye. Some of the most har­row­ing parts of this book detail the short­falls of the Israeli anti-ter­ror sys­tem. And yet, as author Pedahzur points out, when it comes to fight­ing ter­ror, the Israelis still seem to be the best in the world. 

The Israeli Secret Ser­vices and the Strug­gle Against Ter­ror­ism offers the read­er more than enter­tain­ing spy sto­ries. It is a detailed look at the way Israel con­fronts ter­ror domes­ti­cal­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly. As a result, this book will be a great aid to oth­er West­ern coun­tries around the world strug­gling to con­front terror.
Mic­ah D. Halpern is a colum­nist and a social and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Ter­ror, and main­tains The Mic­ah Report at www​.mic​ah​halpern​.com.

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