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This volume provides a review of Israel's unprecedented and careful consideration of questions of international law when forced to go to war to defend its civilian population from attack, with a particular focus on the Gaza war of 2008-2009. It concludes that existing international law permits a nation to act in self-defense, and that Israel gives more thought to upholding the laws of war during its military operations than any other nation in history.

The broad questions discussed include the law of armed conflict, proportionality, asymmetric conflicts, self-defense, accountability, and "lawfare." More specific topics include the work of the Goldstone Commission, "civilian" casualty figures from the Gaza war, Israel's naval blockade, and the supply of utilities and goods to Gaza.

Authors include Dr. Abraham Bell, Dr. Amichai Cohen, Prof. George P. Fletcher, Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi, Sigall Horovitz, Col. Richard Kemp, Prof. Ruth Lapidoth, Maj. Gil Limon, Dr. Roy S. Schondorf, Col. (ret.) Pnina Sharvit-Baruch, and Prof. Gerald Steinberg.

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