This article examines Israeli military lawyers’ practice of international law revolving around the West Bank and Gaza. Based on interviews with legal officers serving in the army between 1967-2009 and archival materials, it interrogates these lawyers’ work – the stories that they tell about law, their legal interpretations and their interactions with military decision-makers. This interrogation is set in the context of broader structural, historical and political shifts. Anchored around lawyers’ stories about law, their narration of law’s relationship with politics and its position in relation to violence, this account sets out to contribute to discussions on lawyers’ - and by extension law’s - past and present positions in states’ military affairs.
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