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Morality and Strategy in the War on Terror
The Israeli Experience
Oct 10 2006


In this prescient lecture, Halbertal examines the moral limitations and challenges inherent in fighting a war on terror within, on and beyond one’s own borders. What is the approach adopted by the Israeli Defense Forces [IDF] in attempting to distinguish between combatants and civilians? What are the lessons, particularly for the United States, that can be drawn from the Israeli approach? He brings to this a unique perspective having been a consultant to the IDF on the development of ethical codes of conduct.
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Moshe Halbertal is a Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Hebrew University, a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Gruss Visiting Professor at NYU Law School. He received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in 1989, and from 1988 - 1992 he was a fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Moshe Halbertal served as a visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is the author of the books Idolatry (co-authored with Avishai Margalit) and People of the Book : Canon, Meaning and Authority, both published by Harvard University Press. He is as well the author of Interpretative Revolutions in the Making and Between Torah and Wisdom : R. Menachem ha-Meiri and The Maimonidean Halakhists in Provence, both published in Hebrew by Magnes Press. His latest book published in Hebrew is By Way of Truth: Nahmanides and the Creation of Tradition. Moshe Halbertal is the recipient of the Bruno Award of the Rothschild foundation, and the Goren Goldstein award for the best book in Jewish Thought in the years 1997– 2000.

biography : EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL
Dr. Emanuel is an internationally known bioethicist and breast oncologist. He has published widely on the ethics of clinical research, advance care directives, end of lifecare issues, euthanasia, health care reform, the ethics of managed care and the physician-patient relationship. His books include The Ends of Human Life : Medical Ethics in a Liberal Polity (1991). Dr. Emanuel is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science and the Association of American Physicians.