The article clearly speaks of the inherent right of the individual member of the UN in case there is an armed attack that has occurred against it. Since Israel is a member of the UN then it may be inferred that it can use this part of the UN Charter to use military action in destroying any nuclear weapon that may be possessed by Iran that it may use against Israel. This t, therefore, rings the question on what are the possibilities under the present theories where the taking of military action is possible.
When is Preemptive Strikes May Be Permitted in Response to the idea of Self Defence? Maggs discussed three views on pre-emptive strikes, where the first view does not permit the use of pre-emptive strike while the other two views permit the same. One of the views which allows pre-emptive strike, and which is within the ambit of Article 51 is the use military force to act upon or respond to an actual armed attack or in case of an “ imminent” armed attack. Of course, the author was referring to the possibility of the US using the same but this could be used by Israel in case there are already enemy warships on the horizon, troops that have massed on the border, and planes are already in the air although the imminent attack has not yet begun.
The idea of actual attack having existed as the basis of the military action may be a question of fact on the part of Israel. Thus it may be asked: Has Iran committed any actual armed attack on Israel? So the next question here is what is the meaning of armed attack?
An armed attack has the meaning of the use of arms that will harm another country’ s people or property. It is however traditionally distinguished from terrorist acts as the term attack is regarded as “ subcategory of aggression of aggression” hence it may indicate the conception that the attack must come from a state. The distinction is believed to have become blurred as a result of the 9/11 attack on New York in 2001.
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