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ICT's Commentaries provide short analyses and relevant insights on current terrorism and counter-terrorism events worldwide.


Hezbollah Terrorism Returns to Latin America

04/11/2014 | by Dr. Ely Karmon

On February 26, 2014 and March 13, 2014, General John F. Kelly, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), presented SOUTHCOM’s 2014 posture statement to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees respectively. Kelly maintained that “Iran’s involvement in the Western Hemisphere is a matter for concern” and that he remains concerned that Hezbollah “maintains an operations presence” in the region and stated that “Islamic extremists visit the region to proselytize, recruit, establish business venues to generate funds, and expand their radical networks.”

First published in Times of Israel

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“Protective Edge” – Insights

16/09/2014 | by Mr. Shabtai Shavit

Does the strategic, long-term threat posed by Hamas constitute an existential threat or not? I choose to leave the question open to the discretion of the reader.

If a decision maker is convinced that the cumulative threat is indeed existential and manages to convince the world of such, then he can cast off the burden of proportionality that ties our hands behind our back in battling the enemy, prevents the enemy’s surrender, and casts doubt on our ability to persuade the enemy to abandon its armed struggle.

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Israel, America and the Long War

10/09/2014 | by Dr. Robert Satloff

Prepared remarks to ICT Conference on global counter-terrorism

Herzliya, Israel - Tuesday September 9, 2014

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Israel’s Policies during Operation “Protective Edge” – Defeat? Deterrence? Settlement?

01/09/2014 | by Prof. Boaz Ganor

Operation “Protective Edge” began on July 8, 2014 in light of the serious escalation in rocket fire directed at Israel from the Gaza Strip by Palestinian terrorist organizations, led by Hamas. Hamas, which had refrained for many months from using the large rocket infrastructure that it had built in the Gaza Strip (which, immediately before the operation, consisted of ten thousand rockets that covered most of the territory of Israel), began to indiscriminately fire dozens of rockets into Israel in an attempt to hit civilian settlements.

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Fernando Reinares: "Kill Them! Who was Behind 3/11 and Why Spain was Targeted."

31/08/2014 | by Dr. Ely Karmon

The book also describes in detail the rise of jihadist networks in Spain, in the larger context of jihadist terrorism in Western Europe, Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

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