There has been and continues to be a great deal of talk about whether Israel is acting properly, morally, in its current proecution of the war against Hamas in Gaza. The UN Human Rights Council condemned Israel’sactions in Gaza on Monday. Thousands have rallied around the world, and many governments have separately criticized Israel harshly.
Is this a moral or just war? Is any war justifiable? Once a country is in a war, what are the moral guidelines it should use – if any – in conducting its operations? What does the Hartman Institute have to say about this?The Institute’s Co-Director, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman has given this subject long and careful thought, and has crafted a well-reasoned argument, grounded in Jewish law and tradition, that Israel was morally justified in going to war against Hamas. He delivered a special lecture on the subject on Sunday, Jan. 11. You can see the lecture here on the Hartman website (Those of you with Firefox and Safari browsers may have some difficulties watching it on the Hartman site, and can watch it on our Hartman Institute Video channel on this Blip.tv. The lecture is about 1 hour long, but it is well worth watching, for Donniel thoroughly and carefully explores the matter. For those with shorter attention spans, and to make it easier to spread around the globe online, we are preparing a 5-minute version that will go up on YouTube soon, as well.
Donniel is preparing a special essay on the subject, as well, which we hope to post on our main website soon. Please check back there to see if it has gone online.