Just war and the Lebanese resistance to Israel

Eduardo Wassim Aboultaif*

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ABSTRACT: The literature on Lebanese resistance to Israel is overwhelmed with work on Hezbollah, the role of religion, and its connection to Iranian influence. However, few of these studies have looked at the totality of Lebanese resistance, from its secular origins to its Islamic monopoly. Moreover, no work to date has looked at Lebanese resistance through the prism of just war theory. This article aims at addressing this gap by applying the criteria introduced by Childress regarding the justness of war. Moreover, the article examines resistance as a practice of non-state actors and its terrorist label, and at the same time, evaluates Israel’s military response to Lebanese resistance through the prism of state terrorism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-355
Number of pages22
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
Issue number2
Early online date18 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Hezbollah
  • Israel
  • just war theory
  • Lebanon
  • resistance
  • terrorism


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