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Part 3 The Post 9/11-Era (2001–), 55 Israeli Military Operations Against Gaza: Operation Cast Lead (2008–09), Operation Pillar of Defence (2012), and Operation Protective Edge (2014)

Christian Henderson

From: The Use of Force in International Law: A Case-Based Approach

Edited By: Tom Ruys, Olivier Corten, Alexandra Hofer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 June 2024

Self-defence — Precedent — Armed conflict — Armed attack

This chapter examines three interventions by Israel into Gaza: Operation Cast Lead (2008-9), Operation Pillar of Defense (2012) and Operation Protective Edge (2014). It sets out the facts and context of each of these three interventions, the legal positions of the main protagonists, and the reaction that each of the interventions received. The chapter moves on to assess the legality of the interventions and also whether they have any precedential value, in particular for the right of self-defence and the so-called ‘accumulation of events’ theory.

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