After Hamas fired rockets and invaded southern Israel, killing some 1,200 hundred people and abducting more than 200, Israel’s response has been under intense scrutiny. Some commenters have deliberately spread falsehoods about Israel’s actions and intentions, and others have criticized them in ways that reflect a misunderstanding of Israel’s legal obligations as it works to eliminate the threat posed by a terrorist organization committed to its violent destruction. Join American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Matthew Waxman, adjunct senior fellow for law and foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Liviu Librescu Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, to unpack these difficult issues.


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