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Al Qaeda leaders have often stated their desire to attack the state of Israel. But, while the intent and imperative of killing Israelis and Jews features prominently in al Qaeda rhetoric, it has rarely translated into operational attacks on the state of Israel, its citizens abroad, or Jews more generally.
The author thanks Washington Institute researches Becca Wassner, Ben Freedman, and Stephanie Papa for their assistance in researching, fact-checking and editing this article. A shorter version of this article appeared in CTC Sentinel online.