Israel vs. Hamas: Ethics of War

Speaker Bios

  • Professor Captain Thomas Wheatley, US Military Academy at West Point
    Thomas N. Wheatley is a U.S. Army judge advocate (CPT) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He teaches Constitutional and Military Law (LW403). Before coming to USMA, Captain Wheatley was assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, where he most recently served as the Brigade Judge Advocate for the 16th Military Police Brigade. While at Fort Liberty, Captain Wheatley also served as an administrative law attorney and national security law attorney for Joint Task Force Dragon, a multinational effort falling under USAREUR-AF's Operation European Assure, Deter, and Reinforce, stood up in support of the Ukrainian armed forces and allied partners following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Prior to his time at Fort Liberty, Captain Wheatley was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he served as the Military Justice Advisor to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, with whom he completed an operational rotation to Korea in 2020. Captain Wheatley is from Lawrence, Kansas. He holds a B.S. in Homeland Security from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach, Florida, and originally commissioned out of ERAU's Army ROTC program in 2014. In 2017, Captain Wheatley earned his J.D. from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to his scholarly writing, Captain Wheatley has written dozens of opinion editorials, with bylines in the Washington Post, USA Today, The Hill, Bloomberg Law, and many others. His research interests include those involving the U.S. Constitution and its precepts, especially where matters of free speech, religious liberty, the Law of Armed Conflict, public international law, and national security law are implicated. Any views expressed by CPT Wheatley are his alone and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Defense or its Components.

  • Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Maurice Hirsch, Israel Defense Forces
    Lt. Col. (res) Maurice Hirsch is the Director of the Initiative for Palestinian Authority Accountability and Reform in the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and a Senior Legal Analyst at Human Rights Voices. He served for 19 years in the IDF Military Advocate General Corps. In his last position he served as Director of the Military Prosecution in Judea and Samaria.

  • Rabbi Dr. Captain Mitchell Rocklin, US Army Reserves
    Rabbi Dr. Major Mitchell Rocklin is Director of the Jewish Classical Education Concentration track at the University of Dallas and the academic director and dean of the Lobel Center for Jewish Classical Education. His prior work on Jewish Classical Education as a research fellow with Tikvah was featured in the Wall Street Journal. He received his Ph.D. in history from the CUNY Graduate Center, held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton University and Yeshiva University, and taught at both CUNY and Princeton. He is also a chaplain in the Army National Guard with the rank of Major. Rabbi Rocklin is also the president of the Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty, as well as a member of the Rabbinical Council of America’s Executive Committee and Military Chaplaincy Committee. Prior to his work at Tikvah, he served as a congregational rabbi in Connecticut. His writings have been featured in publications including The Los Angeles Times, National Review Online, The Daily Wire, The Forward, The Public Discourse, and Mosaic.