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The Enemy within (1967–2000)

Daniel Byman

in A High Price

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780195391824
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190252380 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195391824.003.0019
The Enemy within (1967–2000)

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This chapter focuses on the Jewish terrorism that has plagued Israel during the period 1967–2000. It begins with an overview of the Jewish Underground's attack on students at the Islamic College in Hebron in 1983, along with other forms of political violence that it and other Jewish terrorists use to instil fear in civilians. It then considers the terroristic activities carried out by Jews within Israel, including by groups such as the Covenant of the Zealots and the Kingdom of Israel. It also discusses how Israel's victory in the 1967 War transformed Jewish terrorism; the legacy of Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League, one of the first organized Jewish terrorist groups that emerged after the 1967 War; and the Israeli government's response to Jewish terror. The chapter concludes by analyzing the dark side of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Keywords: terrorism; Israel; political violence; Jews; Covenant of the Zealots; Kingdom of Israel; Meir Kahane; Jewish Defense League; Oslo Accords; Palestine Liberation Organization

Chapter.  7245 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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