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Former Israeli Justice Talks of Protecting the State
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Justice Aharon Barak
As Israel began erecting a concrete wall in the West Bank to prevent suicide bombers from crossing its borders, Justice Aharon Barak responded by drawing legal boundaries around acceptable military actions. His main concern, as then-president of the Supreme Court of Israel was to ensure that “the struggle against terrorism is not conducted outside the law, but within the law.”

During the 50th Annual Roberts Lecture at the National Constitution Center last September, Justice Barak, who retired from the court in 2006, described the tension between protecting the state and preserving the rights of suspected terrorists in a country that is on constant security alert.

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