Israel Isn’t Occupying Anyone!

International law expert Ambassador Alan Baker proves Judea and Samaria are not occupied territories.

International law defines “occupation” as one power occupying the lands of a foreign sovereign state. In Israel’s case, it is not occupying the lands of any foreign sovereign state.

In a defensive war in 1967, widely known as the Six-Day War, Israel crossed the 1949 armistice demarcation lines into Judea and Samaria and took over the authority to administer the land from Jordan, which was never considered to be a sovereign there in the first place.

While Israel appreciates that the Palestinians have a claim to the disputed territory, Israel considers its own claim to be far stronger, and better-rooted in history. Regardless, it is still willing to negotiate with the Palestinians.

The international community’s insistence on calling the territories “Palestinian territories” is a complete fallacy and has no legal or political basis. There has never been a Palestinian state in history and therefore there is no land that belongs to the Palestinians.

Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria are not illegal or even illegitimate. The issue of “settlements” is one that even the Palestinians have agreed is a final status issue to be negotiated.


Published: November 15, 2016
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