Reading the Conflict: Jewish Terrorism in Israel

Among the topics that Israeli Jews and supporters of the Jewish State are often uncomfortable discussing is terrorism.

Not Palestinian and/or Muslim terrorism – that gets discussed at the drop of a hat.

No, what is usually swept under the rug is the fact that the Jewish people itself has produced a fair number of terrorists, from ancient times up through the modern day. And so today, I recommend Jewish Terrorism in Israel, by Ami Pedahzur and Arie Perliger.

In recent years, as the global community has faced increasing waves of terrorism, academics and policymakers have searched for working explanations — analysis that might make sense of the senseless. Often, blame is laid on religious fundamentalism, specifically in Islam. But as Israeli academics Pedahzur and Perliger point out, Muslim extremists don’t hold that monopoly: Jewish terrorists have launched hundreds of attacks, most against Palestinian targets, but many against Israel itself.

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