Thirty-four years ago today, while Americans celebrated our Bicentennial, a young Israeli commander was shot and killed as he helped free 105 hostages in one of the worst terrorist hijackings in history. The soldier’s name was Jonathan Netanyahu, and he led the command of the forces in the Raid on Entebee.
Ten years later, in July of 1986, his father, Benzion Netanyahu and son, now-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, published the conferences of the second of two international symposiums on the subject of International Terrorism. The symposiums, held in 1979 and in 1984, were hosted by the Jonathan Institute, an organization founded by Professor Benzion Netanyahu in memory of his son, who died in the war on Terror.
Published as International Terrorism: Challenge and Response and Terrorism: How We Can Win present the collection of the conferences and represent an intense analysis of the philosophical roots of terrorism, an assessment of the Western nations lack of sufficient reaction against Terrorism, and a practical plan to defeat Terrorism that will destroy our civilization if we continue to ignore the menace it presents to our way of life.
In the preface to Terrorism: How We Can Win, Prime Minister Netanyahu states the following:
“My brother believed that the battle against terrorism was part of a much larger struggle, one between the forces of civilization and the forces of barbarism.”
The institute adopts, as its official definition of Terrorism:
“Terrorism is the deliberate and systematic murder, maiming, and menacing of the innocent to inspire fear for political ends.”
What is the political end pursued by Terrorists?
“To destroy the fabric of democratic, lawful societies all over the world.”