Accession Number:

ADA159251

Title:

Recent Trends in Palestinian Terrorism. II,

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

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Report Date:

1985-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

It is generally believed that, in the aftermath of Israels invasion of Lebanon in June 1982, there has been an appreciable decline in Palestinian terrorist activity. However, a statistical examination of data in the Rand Corporations Chronology of International Terrorism presents a rather different and considerably less sanguine picture. First, there was little change in the total level of Palestinian terrorism against Israeli targets when measured over six month intervals since January 1982, although for a time there was a decline of operations within Israel itself. During 1984, however, there was an alarming increase of terrorist attacks in Israel. Second, surrogate attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets outside of Israel by European and Latin American terrorist groups increased dramatically during the six months following the invasion but then plummeted in an equally dramatic fashion after December 1982. Third, even though surrogate operations in Europe and elsewhere declined, the level of attacks on Israeli interests and citizens in Europe has remained constant since the July-December 1982 time frame. Fourth, almost as many attacks are staged by Palestinian and Arab terrorists against Palestinian and Arab targets as are committed against Israeli and Jewish targets.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE