Wendy Pearlman is professor of political science and director of the Middle East and North Africa studies program at Northwestern University. Her books include “Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement” (2011) and “Triadic Coercion: Israel’s Targeting of States That Host Nonstate Actors” (with Boaz Atzili, 2018).
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The current bombardment of villages, towns, hospitals, telecommunications and other pillars of civilian life is the “Dahiyah Doctrine” intensified to a previously unimaginable degree. Fueled by a strategic culture that invokes moralistic justifications for extreme, undifferentiated military force as an end in itself, Israel’s current punitive campaign is of dubious security utility.