Krauss on Israel's Preemptive Counterterrorism Efforts

"While not every effective practice is legal, and not every legal practice is ethical, Israel's preemptive counterterrorism efforts are right on target with respect to efficacy, law, and morality," claims Professor Michael Krauss in a TCS Daily op-ed that explores Israel's right to self-defense against the armed attacks emanating from Gaza and other Palestinian areas.

Right on Target, TCS Daily, October 30, 2006. By J. Peter Pham and Michael I. Krauss.

"Can the policy of terrorist preemption be justified?

"Some have criticized it as counterproductive, arguing that it perpetuates a 'cycle of violence' and therefore causes more Israeli casualties. While undoubtedly targeted killings raise tensions, especially when targeted terrorists have taken shelter among innocent bystanders who are themselves hurt or killed, it is unquestionably true that the policy seriously degrades terrorist capacity. To cite just one example from the data sets maintained by the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, while the number of Palestinian suicide attacks launched against Israeli civilians increased steadily since 2000, the number of deaths (not counting those of the terrorist perpetrators) declined from a high of 5.4 per incident in 2002 to 0.11 last year. The reason? Quite simply, while there may be an 'infinite' number of angry Palestinians, the number of adept and experienced teachers and planners is quite finite."

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