Israel's Flexible Definition of the Ticking Time Bomb Threat

Neutralizing future threats can justify both the severe interrogation tactics used on Jewish terror suspects as well as the airstrike that killed Hezbollah operative Samir Kuntar.

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The threatening phrase “ticking time bomb” was invoked this week in two different contexts. On the home front, it was used in conjunction with the murder investigation into the arson attack on the Dawabsheh...