Philosopher Michael Walzer: ‘A confederation of Israel, Palestine, and Jordan would be a wonderful solution’

"A mezuzah, the scroll containing Torah verses that is placed on the right doorjamb of the entrance of Jewish homes, marks the Manhattan apartment of philosopher Michael Walzer, 88. Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, he updated the Augustinian theory on the legitimacy of armed conflicts from a secular and leftist point of view in his book Just and Unjust Wars (1977). As a Jew, he aligns himself with Israel’s response to Hamas but not uncritically; he’s especially critical of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. From the imperative of responding to terrorism to the difficulty of waging asymmetric wars and Israel’s own vulnerability, Walzer addresses the moral dilemmas surrounding the conflict."

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