Posts Tagged ‘terrorism’
BEER-SHEVA, Israel, August 4, 2014 – The ability to understand the minds of political leaders is an important aspect of strategic intelligence. In this context, personality profiling is a common practice that has traditionally relied on the expertise and intuition of human psychologists, according to researchers at Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).
However, BGU professors of psychology, Yair Neuman, Golan Shahar and programmer Yochai Cohen are introducing a novel computer-supported methodology for personality profiling which will be published in the American Intelligence Journal. The methodology aims to help stakeholders better understand strategic competitors and allies for both rationally and for psychologically managing their policy. The professors cited the current conflict with Hamas as a prime example.
“If we characterize Khaled Mashal as someone with a psychopathic personality, then we would expect him to feel omnipotent, fearless, to perceive others (particularly Israel) as weak and vulnerable, and that his relationships revolve around games of ‘predator-prey.’ A man like that won’t be significantly affected by injury to innocent citizens or the destruction of infrastructure because he lacks the ability to empathize. He will manipulate and defraud in the pursuit of his own personal interest. In this case, any attempt to simulate empathy, or to try and appeal to his emotions is a strategy doomed to fail,” explained Professor Neuman.
“These insights are highly important in understanding the personality and planning a campaign against it,” added Neuman.
Mashal is one Hamas leader-turned tycoon who has amassed a fortune worth $2.6 billion, among other Hamas leaders who have made millions from the flourishing tunnel industry and fundraising as the unemployment rate in Gaza stands at 40% and Gazans suffer in poverty. In addition, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has capital worth $4 million and has arranged for family members including his sons and daughters to live in beautiful homes in the Gaza Strip, worth at least $1 million each. During the recent war, media reports surfaced of Khaled Mashal living a lavish lifestyle out of a luxury hotel in Qatar.
The ability to understand one’s enemy is an important card in any battle. Psychologists have been building personality profiles of leaders for years, explain BGU experts.
“The CIA built a personality profile of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein which explained to the Bush Administration that what they attributed to a lack of rationality actually derived from the Middle Eastern rationale of ‘showing off’. In other words, so long as the leader is not defeated once and for all or publicly humiliated, the entire struggle with the US, even if it comes at a catastrophic price to his fighters and citizens, will be perceived as a victory and a symbol of masculinity.”
“This conclusion offers a clear lesson for the current struggle against Hamas as well,” concluded Neuman.
2:08pm In the stabbing incident near Maaleh Adumim, the Israel Police state that a person stabbed a security guard at the entrance to Maaleh Adumim and ran off to the nearby Aza’riya village.
The wounded person’s condition has been upgraded to light-moderate and was evacuated to the hospital.
1:57pm Stabbing attack at the entrance to Maaleh Adumim — a security guard was stabbed and is in moderate to serious condition, and on his way to the hospital for treatment. Motive of the attack is not clear at this time. Will post details when available.
4:40pm The injured Israeli is an IDF soldier, who was on his way home. He was seriously injured.
4:28pm Ongoing manhunt for terrorist who shot at a Bus Stop Shelter near the Har HaZofim Tunnel entrance. Terrorist shot an Israeli in the stomach, ran a hundred meters away where he was picked up by a motorcycle. The terrorists fled to the nearby Wadi Jos Eastern Jerusalem neighborhood. Helicopters overhead in Jerusalem.
4:20pm Breaking News: Israeli civilian moderately wounded by gunfire in Jerusalem near the Har HaTzofim/Mount Scopus tunnel entrance. The shooting happened near the hitchhiking post.
Police are in a manhunt after the alleged terrorist shooter who was riding a motorcycle.
There was a reported infiltration into the town of Neve Tzuf Halamish in the Binyamin region, on Sunday afternoon.
Arabs broke into a home in Neve Tzuf, while the owners were in the house. A struggle ensued, and the Arabs apparently stabbed one person, who was lightly wounded.
The Arabs ran away.
The settlement was rebuilt on the ruins of an ancient Jewish Talmudic village.
Updated: An IDF soldier was kidnapped this morning in Rafah (Rafiach) at 9:30am.
Hamas terrorists attacked IDF troops this morning during the cease fire, a fierce battle ensued, at it is believed they managed to kidnap a soldier. CNN reports that a suicide bomber was used.
They have made numerous attempts, since the war began, to abduct soldiers, and this may have been their goal all along.
The soldier’s family has been notified.
3:00pm The soldier has been identified as:
Hadar ben Hedva Leah
2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin (23), Givati, From Kfar Saba
JERUSALEM – Hamas had been preparing a murderous massive assault on Israeli civilian targets during the upcoming Jewish New Year holiday, Rosh Hashanah – according to anonymous sources in the Israeli security services cited by the Israeli daily Maariv.
Hamas had been planning a surprise attack where 200 fighters would have been dispatched through the dozens of tunnels dug by Hamas under the border from Gaza to Israel. The terror organization aimed to seize kibbutzim and other communities while killing and kidnapping Israeli civilians. In total, thousands of Hamas terrorists would have been swarming across Israel, wearing IDF uniforms, which would have further complicated an Israeli response. Reports further indicate that Hezbollah may have planned to join the attack as well, opening another front in the north.
The source stressed that the current unplanned war with Hamas inadvertently thwarted a catastrophic event on an apocalyptic magnitude such as the Yom Kippur War, which would have ‘brought the State of Israel to its knees.’ The destruction of these tunnels takes away from Hamas a strategic weapon it has been working on and investing in heavily for years according to the source.
Each tunnel has arteries, veins, offshoots as well as offshoots of offshoots designed in intricate and complex arrangements. As one Israeli spokesman said, “There are two Gazas, one above ground and one below ground: an underground terrorist city.”
Speaking to the CBC, a senior Israeli defense official said the Israeli military had considerable prior knowledge of Hamas weaponry and tunnels, but was still “surprised” by the extent of both when the current ground operation began. He added that the network had not been detected by aerial surveillance, because Hamas had solved the most obvious problem: how to hide the piles of sand removed from the tunnels. This, he said, was painstakingly taken away, a few bags at a time, and stored out of sight in buildings and underneath greenhouses.
The official said Hamas had diverted huge quantities of cement, imported for civilian construction, into the building of concrete-block walls and roofs for the tunnels. As an example, he cited a 1.7-kilometer tunnel discovered in February 2013 that Israeli engineers estimated would have required 500 tons of concrete – “enough to build a three-story hospital.”
Israel has discovered 31 tunnels so far, and has destroyed several of them by employing bulldozers, explosive and other methods. IDF excavation of the tunnels has resulted in the seizure of tons of Hamas supplies, as well as the discovery of plans for future operations.
Israeli soldiers have already frustrated several surprise assaults by Hamas through tunnels from Gaza into southern Israel. On July 21, ten Hamas terrorists emerged from a tunnel. They were immediately spotted and eliminated, but the clash cost the lives of two IDF soldiers.
Speaking with Tazpit News Agency, Minister Ya’acov Perry, a member of the Israeli Security Cabinet, commended the IDF for its outstanding achievements. “The IDF is working to uncover a network of underground tunnels that could have created unbearable terrorist attacks,” he said.
He further commended the IDF’s prior intelligence, which enabled these achievements. “I am sure that Israeli technology, which has provided us with the Iron Dome, will provide us with a solution for the terror tunnels as well.” He said various solutions were currently being examined. He further stressed that military capabilities and technological advantages were not enough. A comprehensive reality – changing diplomatic solution must be presented as well.
Writing for Gatestone, Lawrence Franklin says that the construction of network of tunnels used hundreds of tons of concrete that might otherwise have been used by the Palestinians for building homes, shopping malls, parks, schools, hospitals and libraries.