The Israeli Prime Minister is calling for a new set of rules of war to fight global terrorism. Mr Netanyahu also wants other western countries committed to the war on terror to be part of an international coalition of nations that have laws protecting their right to defend their countries and their people.
The suggestion comes amid criticism from Israel about the Goldstone report – this UN backed report accused both Israel and Hamas militants of war crimes during the incursion in Gaza which ended in January this year.
So is Israel feeling the pressure as this blog suggests? Or does the Israeli PM have a point?
Just today it’s been reported that Pakistan is closing all schools and colleges after the university attack in Islamabad. Is this a drastic measure to protect it’s citizens, or does this play into the hands of militant groups who want to bring an end to normal life for normal people?
And going back to a change in rules of war, we know that rules of engagement already exist, but how effective would an update or change to the rules be? Should countries be able to decide upon their own rules to protect their citizens? Has the threat of global terrorism changed so much that existing rules of warfare don’t apply any more?