Robbie Sabel

Could Ayelet Shaked determine the make-up of Israel's Supreme Court?

By Robbie Sabel, March 25, 2016

The nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, who is Jewish, to the US Supreme Court attracted great international interest but, next year, we may be see an even more dramatic legal contest: the battle over who should sit on the Israeli Supreme Court.


Palestinian move to prosecute Israelis for war crimes will get them nowhere

By Robbie Sabel, January 8, 2015

Political leaders are, like all humans, subject to feelings of revenge, anger and frustration.


Joining the Hague court will have implications for Palestinians, too

By Robbie Sabel, December 6, 2012

One of the reasons Israel objected so vehemently to the premature UN recognition of Palestine as a state was the apprehension that the International Criminal Court at The Hague (ICC) would, subsequently, accede to a request by the “state of Palestine” to join the Court. Once accepted as a member state, the Palestinians might then attempt to have Israeli officials indicted.


Precision strikes aim to minimise deaths

By Robbie Sabel, November 15, 2012

Israel’s killing of Ahmed Jabari, the commander of the military wing of Hamas in Gaza, raises questions about the legality of targeted killing.


‘ISM was using activists as terrorists’ human shields’

By Robbie Sabel, August 30, 2012

Videos of the death of Rachel Corrie have horrified viewers around the world and caused Israel immense public damage in the nine years since the incident.


Lift lid of Abbas’s bid and you’ll see a rejection of compromise

By Robbie Sabel, October 27, 2011

in his speech last month at the UN General Assembly, PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinian application for membership of the UN was submitted "on the basis of the June 4, 1967 borders".


What is the next step for the palestinians at the UN?

By Robbie Sabel, September 27, 2011

A threat is usually more effective when it looms above the intended victim rather than when it is consummated. The Palestinians have constantly been threatening to take their case to the UN; they have finally done so and the heavens haven't fallen. The Palestinians have applied to the UN Security Council for full UN membership.


It is in nobody's interest to engage in lawfare

By Robbie Sabel, September 22, 2011

International law defines an entity as a state if it has a permanent population, boundaries, an effective government and the ability to sign treaties and exchange diplomatic missions. Even if these conditions are present, other states have discretion as to whether to recognise such a new international entity.


UN can't determine borders or statehood

By Robbie Sabel, June 2, 2011

This September, or perhaps earlier, the Palestinian observer delegation to the UN may introduce a resolution at the General Assembly calling for recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 boundaries. Because of the automatic anti-Israel majority in the Assembly, it must be assumed that such a resolution, if proposed, will be adopted by a large majority.