Recent Trends in Palestinian Terrorism

by Bruce Hoffman

Download Free Electronic Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.6 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

This paper chronologically surveys Palestinian terrorist activity against Israeli and Jewish targets since Israel's invasion of Lebanon in June 1982. It reviews shifts in the PLO's political and financial position, the PLO's use of surrogate terrorists to attack targets outside Israel, and terrorist acts committed by Palestinians against both Palestinians and Arabs. The statistics indicate that Israel's invasion of Lebanon did little to decrease Palestinian terrorist activity: the attacks merely shifted from targets within Israel to ones outside. Recent events indicate, moreover, that the frequency of terrorist attacks in Israel is increasing and that the nature of the attacks is more serious.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.