Military ethics of fighting terror: Principles

Asa Kasher*, Amos Yadlin

*Corresponding author for this work

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The purpose of the present document is to briefly present principles that constitute a new doctrine within the sphere of Military Ethics: The Just War Doctrine of Fighting Terror. The doctrine has been developed by a team we have headed at the Israel Defense Force (IDF) College of National Defense. However, the work has been done on the general levels of moral, ethical and legal considerations that should guide a democratic state when it faces terrorist activities committed against its citizens. Accordingly, the proposed principles are meant to be justified and practically applicable under any parallel circumstances. Moreover, those principles are intended to be universal in the sense that the justification of none of them rests on any particular stance with respect to the desired solution of the conflict under consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-84
Number of pages10
JournalPhilosophia (United States)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006


  • Distinction
  • Fighting terror
  • Israel
  • Just War Doctrine
  • Military ethics
  • Military necessity
  • Principles
  • Proportionality
  • Self-defense


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