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Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War, by Peter Berkowitz

Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War, by Peter Berkowitz

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In recent years, the term lawfare has come to describe the use of international law as a political weapon. The Goldstone Report, which was published by the United Nations in September 2009, and the Gaza flotilla controversy, which erupted at the end of May 2010, are examples of it. In both cases, UN officials, distinguished lawyers, and diplomats put forward weak or indefensible legal arguments to condemn actions taken by Israel in self-defense. In this book, Peter Berkowitz exposes these abuses of the international laws of war by bringing into focus the flawed assumptions on which they rest and refuting the defective claims they promulgate.

Berkowitz shows that the Goldstone Report engaged in disreputable fact-finding and misapplied the relevant legal tests, even as its mission lacked proper foundations in international law. And he demonstrates that the arguments presented in the Gaza flotilla controversy to condemn Israel's blockade of Gaza as unlawful prove on inspection to be unsound and insubstantial. In both cases, he explains, the result has been to reward terrorists who, in gross violation of the international laws of war, deliberately efface the distinction between civilian and military objects and to punish liberal democracies—in particular Israel and the United States—that expose their soldiers and civilian populations to heightened risk in the quest to wage war lawfully.

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he chairs the Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law. He was cofounder and director of the Israel Program on Constitutional Government, has served as a senior consultant to the President's Council on Bioethics, and is a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
View Book Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_jmQWwES98.

In recent years, the term lawfare has come to describe the use of international law as a political weapon. The Goldstone Report, which was published by the United Nations in September 2009, and the Gaza flotilla controversy, which erupted at the end of May 2010, are examples of it. In both cases, UN officials, distinguished lawyers, and diplomats put forward weak or indefensible legal arguments to condemn actions taken by Israel in self-defense. In this book, Peter Berkowitz exposes these abuses of the international laws of war by bringing into focus the flawed assumptions on which they rest and refuting the defective claims they promulgate.

Berkowitz shows that the Goldstone Report engaged in disreputable fact-finding and misapplied the relevant legal tests, even as its mission lacked proper foundations in international law. And he demonstrates that the arguments presented in the Gaza flotilla controversy to condemn Israel's blockade of Gaza as unlawful prove on inspection to be unsound and insubstantial. In both cases, he explains, the result has been to reward terrorists who, in gross violation of the international laws of war, deliberately efface the distinction between civilian and military objects and to punish liberal democracies—in particular Israel and the United States—that expose their soldiers and civilian populations to heightened risk in the quest to wage war lawfully.

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he chairs the Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law. He was cofounder and director of the Israel Program on Constitutional Government, has served as a senior consultant to the President's Council on Bioethics, and is a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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Publish date: Apr 9, 2012
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Watch author Peter Berkowitz discuss the core of his book and the ideas it explores related to 'lawfare', especially as experienced by Israel which stands on the frontlines of this new struggle - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_jmQW....
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Jewish Ideas Daily addresses the research done by author Peter Berkowitz stating, "Israel has borne the brunt of repeated international legal assaults on its military activities over issues such as proportionality; but American military and legal thinkers have tried to learn from this experience..." - http://bit.ly/InqJ3d.
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Jewish World Review evaluates Berkowitz's book today - "Berkowitz has written a slender but intellectually muscular volume: "Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War"... It is inevitable, Berkowitz argues, that the discriminatory standard being applied to Israel will be applied to America and other nations attempting to defend themselves from terrorism." - http://bit.ly/I8QbEq.
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Peter Berkowitz on Goldstone & the flotilla incident in the Washington Post - "Israel’s bitter experience with the Goldstone Report and better experience with the Gaza flotilla controversy involved the attempt by influential actors on the international stage to criminalize Israel’s inherent right of self-defense.." - http://wapo.st/IEfdMB.
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Real Clear Politics features author Peter Berkowitz as he discusses whether an Israeli strike against Iran would be legal - "The justice of such a strike is bound up with its lawfulness, and liberal democracies are dedicated to both...U.S. and Israeli leaders must decide... whether to use military force to substantially set back or destroy Iran’s nuclear weapons program." - http://bit.ly/y05Y4n.
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Listen to author Peter Berkowitz weigh in on Israel's right to defend itself against the threat posed by Iran and the possibilities of the future relationship between these two countries. Berkowitz claims, “The Islamic Republic of Iran is a rogue state,” and that Israel should treat it as such... http://bit.ly/AcFw1C.

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