Recent Trends in Palestinian Terrorism

by Bruce Hoffman

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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.

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