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Pillar of Defense: Separating Appearance from Reality

Terrorism is always more than bad behavior. Terrorism is a distinct and codified crime under international law.

Louis Rene Beres

Louis Rene Beres

Under international law, Israel has both the right and the obligation to protect its citizens from criminal acts of terrorism. Should it ever be forced to yield to Hamas perfidy in its war against Palestinian terror, Israel would surrender this important right and undermine this fundamental obligation.

The core effect of any such capitulation, a result recently made much more likely by the UN General Assembly’s ill-considered legitimization of Palestinian statehood, would be to make victims of us all.

About the Author: Louis René Beres, strategic and military affairs columnist for The Jewish Press, is professor of Political Science at Purdue University. Educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971), he lectures and publishes widely on international relations and international law and is the author of ten major books in the field. In Israel, Professor Beres was chair of Project Daniel.


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One Response to “Pillar of Defense: Separating Appearance from Reality”

  1. This is a very well written and thought provoking article. As a layman, there is one key factor that nullifies all the factually correct literature in this article. There has clearly been a shift in support from Israel to the Arabs. Groups like the United Nations and European are notorious examples of this shift. In the media papers like the New York Times who used to be strong supporters of Israel has fallen prey to the ever increasing left wing wave of hatred towards Israel. If you don't believe me, I ask that you take a few moments and go on the internet. All you have to do is hit that enter button and this evil spews forth with blazing speed. This bigotry is even extending into actual governments, a good example of this would be to look at what they have to say in countries like Ireland and Norway. But, unlike years past, the Arabs are using their wealth to set the agenda in universities and politics, this will strengthen their resolve to act like a bunch of heathens and infect the minds of young adults so they can keep the whole thing running smoothly. But, really this problem has plagued Jews and Judaism since the beginning of time. As if this all wasn't bad enough, there is even a segment of Jews who are as filled with hatred as those original persecutors. This is why it's imperative to embrace the concept of Zionism which basically says that we are not looking for trouble. But, if someone starts we will finish. Appeasement and weak leadership will do nothing except worsen an already difficult situation. But, to end on a positive note, our religion and people have survived some of the most grotesque treatment of man kind. Each ploy has failed. Regardless if it was the Spanish inquisition, the Pogroms of eastern Europe, and of course the Holocaust, all of these proprietors of injustice t came and went and Israel and the Jewish people continue to survive and thrive.

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