Is it Time for a New Law of War?

Which side has the advantage – terrorists firing rockets behind human shields or armies trying to stop them?

Judging by how quickly the media and international organizations adopt a narrative of war crimes against the IDF, Hamas and other terrorists currently enjoy the upper hand. They hide behind civilians to attack Israel indiscriminately, and Israel suffers the blame when Palestinian civilians are killed in counter-terror operations.

Indeed, the Israeli army is currently awaiting the result of a war crimes investigation from the UN’s Human Rights Council, a procedure that has been dubbed “Goldstone II” in some circles, in reference to the Goldstone Report of 2009, which accused Israel or war crimes. (But which Goldstone himself “reconsidered” two years later.)

“Armies must carry out their duties without fear of war crimes accusations,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, head of the Shurat HaDin organization, which held a conference this week in Jerusalem to examine how well the laws of war stand up to the demands of the modern battlefield. “The Geneva Conventions never envisioned the mass rocket campaigns of Hamas and Islamic Jihad”…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Start by declaring reporters and “journalists” lawful, but still hostile, battlefield combatants.
    Without the media carrying their dirty water, these terror groups would have no oxygen left to breath.

    • Frau Katze

      They’ve become a critical part of the battle.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The laws of warfare should be scrapped in favor of victor’s justice which is what the Nuremberg Tribunal was.

    Meanwhile, here are a small group of Israeli soldiers training for the next conflict.

    • Jay Currie

      Take that Hamas… Oh, wait, you can’t…

  • Jay Currie

    I’d like to see a ban on the word “disproportionate”. The right way to prosecute a war is go in, shoot the hostile, leave. People near the hostile should know they are at risk. If Hamas keeps them there at gunpoint, tough. They should get rid of Hamas.

    • Minicapt

      It’s part of the Principles of War #3, “Offensive Action” and #6 “Concentration of Forces”, and is thus a mandate not a restriction.


  • Alain

    The Geneva Convention does not cover terrorists. It applies to recognisable military personnel (uniforms, etc.) not Muslim terrorists. End of story.

  • Mickey Oberman

    That Israel even considers the decisions of the so called ‘Human Rights Council’ is a tragedy.
    Israel should completely ignore their always biased results and forgone conclusions and go about its business as if they were a fly on the wall or on a dung heap.

    • Jay Currie