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Leadership DecapitationStrategic Targeting of Terrorist Organizations$
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Jenna Jordan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781503608245

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503608245.001.0001

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Hamas

Hamas

Bureaucracy, Social Services, and Local Support

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(p.93) 5 Hamas
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Leadership Decapitation
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Jenna Jordan

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503608245.003.0005

Chapter 5 examines Israeli attempts to capture or kill Hamas leaders from 1988 to 2014. It first looks at changes in the frequency and lethality of both conventional and suicide attacks in order to determine whether leadership targeting has affected Hamas’s operational capacity. Hamas’s bureaucratic hierarchy has increased its organizational stability and ability to withstand leadership attacks. The high degree of Palestinian support for Hamas has increased not only its strength and resilience to decapitation but also its legitimacy. The data shows that Palestinian support has increased over time, making Hamas even more resilient to leadership attacks. Finally, ideology is a critical factor. Hamas is both a separatist and a religious organization, which also plays a role in its ability to withstand repeated attacks on its leadership.

Keywords:   leadership decapitation, Hamas, Israel, counterterrorism policies, communal support, social services, terrorist attacks, organizational structure

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