Steps to Counter the Protracted Wave of Palestinian Terrorism

(Israel Hayom) Meir Ben-Shabbat - To contend with the protracted wave of Palestinian terrorism, what is called for is the judicious use of the broad basket of means available, each of which provides a limited contribution, but whose cumulative impact might just be able to bring about the desired change. A rapid and effective response is required at the very moment an attack is perpetrated. Attempted attacks that end one after another in the death, injury, or arrest of the attackers without them being able to cause damage, will not encourage copy-cats. Prevent the glorification of terrorists. If the intelligence organizations have information that can harm the image of terrorists being portrayed as national Palestinian heroes, then they should make sure it is published and do everything to highlight it, to prevent such an individual from becoming a role model for others to imitate. Destroy the houses of the perpetrators. In traditional Palestinian society, family plays a key role in a terrorist's life. So the fate awaiting the family could have a significant impact on a would-be terrorist's desire to engage in acts of violence. This is also designed to encouraging the family to step in and stop the would-be attacker as soon as they identify any suspicious, tell-tale signs. Action should be taken to confiscate funds and assets belonging to the terrorist and to trace funds transferred to him or his family from the Palestinian Authority or various terrorist organizations. This would enable the authorities to prevent potential attackers from receiving any financial incentives. Revoke the permanent residency status of inciters from eastern Jerusalem and deport them to Gaza or to other areas within the Palestinian Authority. The writer, a visiting senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, served as Israel's national security adviser and head of the National Security Council between 2017 and 2021.

2023-02-16 00:00:00

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