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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.

Louis Rene Beres

About the Author: Louis René Beres (Ph.D., Princeton, 1971) is professor of political science and international law at Purdue University and the author of many books and articles dealing with international relations and strategic studies.


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