Policing terrorism in Israel

Arie Perliger, Badi Hasisi, Ami Pedahzur

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This article challenges the approach that supports the efficiency of the war model in combating terrorism and shows, by drawing on empirical support, the advantages of using the criminal justice model not only because of its response to the legal-moral issue but also because of its effectiveness. A conceptualization of the term policing terrorism is presented through a general model that defines the role of the police in combating terrorism within a democracy. By analyzing how this model is implemented in Israel, the article illustrates that police forces are preferable to military ones in three main realms: counterterrorism intelligence, thwarting of terrorist attacks, and restoration of civilian infrastructure after a terrorist attack.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1279-1304
Number of pages26
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Israel
  • Policing terrorism
  • Terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • General Psychology
  • Law


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