Reoccupying international law

Int'l law must be re-examined to adjust to modern developments of warfare.

By SOLON SOLOMON
November 21, 2012 14:17
3 minute read.
Smoke from explosion in Gaza Strip [file]

Smoke from explosion in Gaza Strip [file]. (photo credit: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Prior to the ceasefire, this time around chances were higher that a military ground offensive would lead to Gaza’s reoccupation for a considerable period of time. Around 75,000 reserve troops had been called up. This by far exceeds the number called in similar past operations. In the Israeli political scene and ahead of elections, politicians have started voicing their concerns. But on a legal plane, to enter into Gaza will have proven how ineffective international law appears to modern developments.

This does not mean that international law is limited in its influence as  critics would like to claim. States continue to take it into consideration. Even in the present Gaza crisis, both parties participated actively in the efforts to achieve a ceasefire, acknowledging that resort to force is not the optimum. What international law needs is to upgrade its status, not just claim its place in international relations. This can only be achieved if it readjusts to the changing technical and legal developments of warfare.

Read More...

Related Content