Type: Working Paper
The Israel Defense Forces and the Al-Aqsa Intifada: When Tactical Virtuosity Meets Strategic Disappointment
Working Paper, EUI MWP, 2008/04
CATIGNANI, Sergio, The Israel Defense Forces and the Al-Aqsa Intifada: When Tactical Virtuosity Meets Strategic Disappointment, EUI MWP, 2008/04 - http://hdl.handle.net/1814/8135
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The following paper analyzes the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) counter-insurgency strategy and campaign carried out against the Palestinian insurgency within the Occupied/Disputed Territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the Al-Aqsa Intifada (2000-2005). It provides a detailed examination of the tactics, operations and strategic effect that actions carried out by the Israel Defense Forces had on the overall conflict dynamic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The paper argues that while the IDF was able to achieve quite significant tactical innovation and success, the overall strategic result of Israel’s counter-insurgency campaign during the Al-Aqsa Intifada was a stalemate rather than ‘victory’ given that, in effect, clear political goals and direction were lacking during the conflict.
Cadmus permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/8135
Series/Number: EUI MWP; 2008/04