When close doesn't count : an analysis of Israel's jus ad bellum and jus in bello in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war
Jennifer B. Bottoms
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The army lawyer, April 2009, p. 23-54
After exploring the foundational definitions of lawful war, this article analyzes Israel's actions under these three paradigms, paying particular attention to Israel's decision to hold a state responsible for a non-state actor's behavior. This article shows that under both the just war theory and the U.N. Charter, Israel was justified using force in self-defense against the state of Lebanon for the actions of Hezbollah. However, Israel's methods of warfare were not in compliance with customary international law. Therefore, Israel failed to prosecute a just and lawful war.
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