Publication Date: December 2008
Publisher: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Author(s): Dore Gold
Research Area: International relations; Law and ethics
Keywords: hamas; gaza; israel
The charge that Israel uses disproportionate force keeps resurfacing whenever it has to defend its citizens from non-state terrorist organizations and the rocket attacks they perpetrate. From a purely legal perspective, Israel's current military actions in Gaza are on solid ground. According to international law, Israel is not required to calibrate its use of force precisely according to the size and range of the weaponry used against it.