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Ready, Aim, Seek Legal Council
Ariella Ringel Hoffman  |  International Law
In ongoing aftermath of Goldstone report, IDF assigns brigade commanders in field media advisors, humanitarian aid officers. Four generals give their perspectives, discuss media war embroiling Israel.
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J’lem unlikely to cooperate with UNHRC
Tovah Lazaroff  |  International Law
Israel is unlikely to cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council’s investigatory team to probe IDF activities aboard the Gaza-bound flotilla on May 31, sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said.
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“We Are Not Done With Goldstone”
Ilan Evyatar and David Horovitz  |  International Law
Alan Dershowitz is balanced, poised, calculated and nuanced, but when it comes to Richard Goldstone, the Harvard Law professor and celebrated appellate lawyer loses his cool.
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Hamas: Israel wants renewal of Shalit talks
Roee Nahmias  |  International Law
A Hamas source claims Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked Egypt to renew its efforts for the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.
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Israel’s Right To Self-Defense
Gerald Steinberg  |  International Law
The headlines and video images allegedly showing Israeli spies in Dubai are titillating, but they mask the serious issues involved in the death of Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Along with predictable European hand-wringing over forged passports, this case is the latest example of the failure of the international legal system and the United Nations to provide a remedy to mass terror.
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If Israel killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, Did It Have the Right To?
Alan M. Dershowitz  |  International Law
Assuming for argument’s sake that the Mossad assassinated Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, did it have the right to engage in this “extrajudicial assassination?”
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Israel and the illusion of international justice
Gerald Steinberg and Anne Herzberg  |  International Law
The dominance of nondemocratic and Islamic nations in international organs such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), the UN Human Rights Council, and the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and the increasing politicization of these bodies, virtually guarantees that no justice will be done when it comes to Israel or even NATO countries. In such morally corrupt frameworks, international law and human rights have become political weapons, disconnected from legitimate judicial processes and legal systems in democratic societies.
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The Inadequacy of International Law
Daniel Taub  |  International Law
International law does not require, for example, that a state refrain from attacking a lawful military target – a missile launcher or a weapons stockpile, say – solely because it has been placed in the heart of a civilian area. To require this would simply encourage terrorist organizations to operate from within kindergartens and hospitals.
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