In dismissing a petition against the rules of engagement governing use of force by the Israeli security forces in the violent clashes in Gaza, the court asserted a controversial interpretation of what international law requires of the Israeli security forces.
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Hezbollah's gains and a growing cohort of independent, trans-confessional politicians make clear why the United States needs to stay engaged.
The United States will go with sanctions alone against Iran, the Saudi crown prince’s campaign for reform without reformers, and the Assad regime waits for better terms.
At best, proxies can hope for resources and assistance from a foreign power—but they should never count on it lasting over time.
Governments that believe proxy wars will let them have their cake and eat it too should think again.
The past week saw the culmination of a major shift in US policy as the United States formally opened its embassy in Jerusalem. Yet ongoing protests along the border with the Gaza Strip and the Israeli government’s harsh response have provided a sharp contrast to the hopeful rhetoric surrounding the embassy’s opening ceremony. On Friday, Lawfare senior editor Scott Anderson spoke with Khaled Elgindy, Natan Sachs, and Sarah Yerkes to sort through the headlines.