Self-defense and its limitations

Nearly everyone acknowledges Israel's right of self-defense. How could they do otherwise? It is in the UN Charter. Article 51 provides: "Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defense shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security." Thus this right can only be relied upon and acted upon until such time as "the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security". Such measures take the form of resolutions. But surely...(Read Full Post)

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