Operation Pillar of Defence and the 2013 Israeli Elections: Defensive or Provocative Intervention?

Philippe Orenes
2014 Journal of Terrorism Research  
Based on the research on the psychological and political effects of terrorism, this paper focuses on the possible use of provocative counter-terrorism operations in order to influence the outcome of elections. Exploring the case of the Israeli Operation Pillar of Defence, that occurred from 14 November, 2012 to 21 November, the study resorts to qualitative and quantitative methods in a semi-flexible design with a view to exploring whether this operation, and the major escalation it took part
more » ... was necessary and proportionate. The findings are that, in light of the broader context and Israeli experience with counter-terrorism responses, the political exploitation of the psychological effects of this crisis may have been a major motive in the decision to launch this operation.
doi:10.15664/jtr.882 fatcat:redcestncjdfbjztuegvje7owy