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A High PriceThe Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism$
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Daniel Byman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195391824

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195391824.001.0001

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Targeted Killings

Targeted Killings

Kill or be Killed?

(p.307) Chapter XXI Targeted Killings
A High Price

Daniel Byman

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Israel's targeted killing of terrorists. It begins with a discussion of Israel's killing of Saleh Shehada, a founder and leader of Hamas's military wing, in 2002. It then considers Israel's cancellation of more than half of its targeted killings to prevent noncombatant casualties, the methods it employed to kill targets, and the drawbacks of targeted killings. It also assesses Israel's justification of targeted killings, the evolution of targeted killing in the Second Intifada, the legality of targeted killings, and operational and political support for targeted killings. The chapter concludes by assessing the cumulative impact of targeted killings, with particular reference to the legacy of Husayn Abayat, the Fatah cell leader who was slain in Bethlehem by Israeli forces.

Keywords:   targeted killing, terrorists, Israel, Saleh Shehada, Hamas, Second Intifada, Husayn Abayat

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