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Examining Israel 's 'right to defend itself'
Description: Two years ago, over lunch, I debated self-defence with the lawyer who advises the Israeli Defence Force. The lawyer in question is a colonel with a Harvard doctorate; the invitation came while I was a visiting professor at the University of Tel Aviv.
Date: 15 July 2006
Author: IDF dances within accepted rules of engagement, says Michael Byers
Source: Toronto Star
Two years ago, over lunch, I debated self-defence with the lawyer who advises the Israeli Defence Force.

The lawyer in question is a colonel with a Harvard doctorate; the invitation came while I was a visiting professor at the University of Tel Aviv.

After just a few minutes, my host cut to the chase:

"There have been a number of missile attacks along our northern border," she said. "We're going to respond with air strikes against some Hezbollah installations in southern Lebanon next week. What do you think?"

I was taken aback. Governments don't usually consult foreign academics about their military plans. I struggled for a moment.

"Well, for starters, any act of self-defence has to be necessary and proportionate."...


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