SEST-708 Israel and Terrorism, 1949-1956
Spring for 2016-2017
The seminar, using contemporary documentation and secondary materials, will focus on Israel and the Arabs in the years 1949-1956. More specifically, the focus will be on the "border wars" between Israel and its neighbors, which revolved around cross-border infiltration and terror attacks by Palestinian refugees and Israel's efforts to contain and prevent these through a mixture of defensive and offensive measures (ambushes, special ops, cross-border reprisal raids, etc.). Weight will be given to the problems raised relating to combat ethics ("purity of arms", in the Israeli phrase) in this low-level warfare, and we will look at the broader implications of what went on in relation to insurgency and counterinsurgency in general, tracing the later bouts of such warfare between Israel and the Arabs in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
The following syllabi may help you learn more about this course (login required):
Spring '17: Morris, B (file download)
Additional syllabi may be available in prior academic years.