Arab Guerrillas

Archive Report

Guerrilla Activities in the Middle East

Threat of Fedayeen to Middle East Stability

Arab guerrilla raids and Israeli reprisals have been a prelude to three wars fought in the Middle East since Israel became an independent nation in 1948. There is growing fear in world capitals that an escalating cycle of raids and reprisals will start a fourth round of all-out combat between Israel and its Arab neighbors—and again raise the threat of a military confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Frustrated by defeats on the battlefield in 1948, 1956 and 1967, Arab nationalists have found an emotional outlet in the terrorist activities of the fedayeen (“men of sacrifice”). Since the end of the Six-Day War in June 1967, guerrilla movements, often operating independently ...

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