Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, extract from The "Terrorism" Industry

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Among the other Israeli institutions addressing the issue of terrorism, the most important is the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, which is affiliated with the University of Tel Aviv. Its links to the government include its head, Major General Aharon Yariv, former director of Israeli intelligence, and editorial board members Brigadier General Aryeh Shalev and Minister of Defense Yitzhak Rabin. Walter Laqueur of CSIS and JINSA is also on the editorial board.

The governments of Israel and South Africa have had a de facto military alliance for many years, and Israel has given support to all of South Africa's terrorist clients, including UNITA, and RENAMO.[1] In parallel, the Jaffee Center has had warm relations with the Terrorism Research Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, and the Jaffee experts have shared with their South African counterparts a common perception of terrorism and terrorists.[2]

The center sponsors books, monographs, and conferences on a number of subjects, with a strong emphasis on terrorism. It has provided a base for Dr. Ariel Merari, one of Israel's leading analysts of terrorism and coauthor, with Shlomi Elad, of 'The International Dimension of Palestinian Terrorism' (Westview, 1986). [...] The center's 1979 conference on terrorism in Tel Aviv attracted an international group, including Brian Jenkins, J. Bowyer Bell, Yonah Alexander, and Robert Kupperman from the United States, Robert Moss and Paul Wilkinson from Great Britain, and Hans Joseph Horchem from West Germany. There was no departure in the published record of the conference from the Western format and identification of terrorists and victims. Its most interesting feature was the fact that twenty-one of the forty-six participants were state officials.


  1. Beit-Hallahmi, Israeli Connection, pp. 64-66.
  2. See chapter 1, pp. 8-9.