Title

A Barrel Without Hoops: The Impact of Counterterrorism on Israel's Legal Culture

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1988

ISSN

0270-5192

Publisher

Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Language

en-US

Abstract

"'Israel's Defense Forces without law is like a barrel without hoops.'"

Terrorism challenges basic notions of Justice and Law. It demoralizes the State by exposing the inability of its institutions to protect life and liberty. It is the tool of desperados, whose devotion to a given cause has dehydrated their conscience, for whom no means is too ruthless in the struggle to attain the end. Once a society has tasted terrorism, its members expect to be struck anytime, anywhere, and for no reason other than their membership in that society. Only through tremendous inner strength can a society exposed to terrorism maintain its faith in concepts of due process and human dignity, as applied to both the society's members and its enemies.

Comments

Republished in 33 State, Government and International Relations 19 (1990).

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