Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 06/2009

Proportionality and Sustainable Peace in the Mideast

Mary Ellen O’Connell

August 2006

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame


When Israel reacted with military force to the Hamas and Hezbollah raids of June and July, world leaders recognized Israel's right to respond, but some charged it was using disproportionate force.