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.micahhalpern.com.