Israeli Targeting: A Legal Appraisal

68:4 Naval War College Review 15-33 (Autumn 2015)

20 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2015 Last revised: 17 Sep 2015

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John Merriam

Government of the United States of America - Judge Advocate General's Corps

Michael N. Schmitt

Naval War College - Stockton Center for the Study of International Law; University of Exeter Law School; Lieber Institute, USMA at West Point

Date Written: April 20, 2015

Abstract

This article summarizes the results of a research field study examining Israel Defense Force in December 2014. It discusses the unique operational and strategic context in which the IDF operates and discusses Israeli targeting practices. The piece also surveys and assess Israeli positions on the law of armed conflict. It concludes that such practices and positions reflect the environment in which IDF targeting takes place.

Keywords: law of armed conflict, targeting, humanitarian law, Israel, Israel Defence Force

Suggested Citation

Merriam, John and Schmitt, Michael N., Israeli Targeting: A Legal Appraisal (April 20, 2015). 68:4 Naval War College Review 15-33 (Autumn 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2596836

John Merriam

Government of the United States of America - Judge Advocate General's Corps

United States

Michael N. Schmitt (Contact Author)

Naval War College - Stockton Center for the Study of International Law ( email )

686 Cushing Road
Newport, RI 02841
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.usnwc.edu/Academics/Faculty/Michael-Schmitt.aspx

University of Exeter Law School ( email )

Streatham Court
University of Exeter
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/staff/mschmitt/

Lieber Institute, USMA at West Point ( email )

600 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
United States

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