Hillary Slams Settlements—Again

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Is all this illegitimate? Of course not—not according to that earlier Security Council Resolution, 242 of 1967, which sets the basis for Arab-Israeli diplomatic processes and never mentions settlements; nor according to the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian Oslo accords, which leave settlements as an issue for final-status negotiations and in no way proscribe them.

Nor were settlements illegitimate according to Eugene V. Rostow, the late legal scholar who helped draft Resolution 242 and, in 1991, asserted in the New Republic that Israel’s right to settle the West Bank is “unassailable” and that “the Jews have the same right to settle there as they have to settle in Haifa.” Nor according to Stephen M. Schwebel, the international-law expert who wrote in 1970 that

As between Israel, acting defensively in 1948 and 1967, on the one hand, and her Arab neighbors, acting aggressively, in 1948 and 1967, on the other, Israel has the better title in the territory of what was Palestine, including the whole of Jerusalem….

And what of the implications of the U.S. secretary of state publicly branding communities comprising half a million people as “illegitimate”? They’re clearly very negative, at a time when Israel is subject to a worldwide delegitimization campaign that seeks to drum home big lies about it being a “rogue,” “apartheid” state that consistently flouts international law and deserves “BDS” (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) if not violent attack.

And from what does Clinton’s “illegitimate” calumny stem? It stems from a bowing and scraping before the Palestine Authority’s demand, representative of Arab and Islamic supremacism, that Judea, Samaria, and the most historical parts of Jerusalem be Judenfrei, and the claim that this is somehow a condition for “peace.”

But Jews will keep living in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem, and those with an elemental sense of justice, and an honest awareness of the facts, will see it as a good thing.

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  • Jim

    How multicultural can Obama be if he objects to settlers who just want to make a better life.

    • Larry C.

      Jim it does not take a village in this case to raise a "VILLAGE IDIOT". Because we see that he does not have the guts to get out in front of the cameras and say what she has said. Because you, and I know both know that what "SILLY-HILLY" said came from her anointed one and she made him proud. There will soon be a day of reckoning for both of them, and I for one can not wait for that day to come. God Bless you Jim for your comment that you made.

    • Morrissey

      Aw, shucks. These are nice normal folk who "just want to make a better life", huh? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ9Wj3gEX1g&fe

      • MixMChess

        Have you ever visited a W. Bank "settlement"? Do you even know why the settlers carry weapons and combat train? It's to protect themselves from the murderous Palestinians.

        Just this past August (2010), Hamas murdered four Israeli settlers (including two women, one of which was pregnant) in the W. Bank on a road near Hebron. Even B'Tselem and Human Rights Watch have condemned the Palestinian violence against Israeli settlers.

        Just look at the numbers… from 2000-2010, 242 Israeli civilians were killed by Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while only 47 Palestinians were killed by Israeli civilians. Most of the Palestinians were killed while attempting to infiltrate settlements for terrorist attacks or while attacking Israelis.

        Of course, the major settlement institutions harshly condemn any violence committed by Jews against the Palestinians. For instance, a leading W. Bank religious leader, Rabbi Menachem Froman stated that targeting Palestinians is "an act of hurting humanity." And opposed any efforts to stymie building relationships with the Palestinians. Additionally, the Yesha Council, which is the umbrella organization of municipal councils of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, condemned any violence against Palestinians.

        Conversely, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah and other Palestinian Terrorist groups actively encourage violence and murder of Jewish Settlers.

  • Larry C.

    Hello,
    How senile is "OUR" so-called sec. of state? I think she needs to go back to school, and learn some valuable lessons in history. The areas she is muttering about, and making no sense about has been part of Israel for over 4000+yrs. So madam sec. please shut up about Israel. They do not need you, or anybody from this administration taking to the press, and saying anything stupid okay. The Jewish people, and especially the CHRISTIAN people of America, and from around the WORLD "DEMAND" a retraction on your stupid, arrogant statements, and ask that you just plainly shut up, and LEAVE ISRAEL ALONE OKAY!!!!!

    • 888jah

      I Think Bill and Hillary are members of the Elite that want to rule the world. I believe the muslims, including BO, are pawns in the game. Remember Aafat's statement "First the Saturday people, than the Sunday people". I think their plan is for the Jews and muslims to annihilate each other. I know the Jews want their Temple rebuilt, but so do the Elite. Half way through the Tribulation, they want to worship their god in the temple, the anti Christ. I believe end times are unfolding right before our eyes. Some people believe islim will be the religion of the last days but I think it will be new age.

  • WildJew

    The prophet wrote, in the last days all the nations will gather against Jerusalem and Israel. The Psalmist asks, "Why are the nations in an uproar, and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and against His anointed…." My Christian neighbors assure me, America will always stand by Israel. They said it is Russia the prophets wrote about, because it is Russia that is to Israel's north. But so is America. I wonder, as America increasingly turns against Israel along with the other nations on the face of the earth, will God continue to bless America? Former President George W. Bush unveiled his vision for dividing Israel into a Jewish state and a Muslim state. He did this only days after the 9/11 attacks. Now we have Barack Hussein Obama, America's first Muslim-born president who seems more a part of the ummah than anything else. What is happening to this once great nation?

    • QSuzy

      This great nation, due to its leaders stupidity, laziness and putting ideology first instead of our nation, and parents of youngsters in our public schools not taking education seriously, will soon become just another third world nation. Right now, Mexico is doing a better job educating their young than we are.

      A friend of mine who teaches elementary school in Los Angeles told me that officials can no longer tell which students have handicaps unless it's something glaring like blindness and/or deafness. Children are having children.

      Message for Israel: don't rely on the US. Quickly wean yourself off US aid because no matter which party is presiding, the US is fastly going bankrupt.

      • USMCSniper

        Thanks to Obama, the Democrats, and the RINOs, which includes GW Bush.

        • QSuzy

          There's plenty of blame to go around for several miles.

  • http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/ Victor Laslow

    If a Rabi told you to jump off a roof would you? That is exactly what is happening with the 400 Rabbis and numerous Jewish organizations that have backed Hillary and the Obama regime. Why did they not read Obama's books, in it he told us his true intentions. Victorr Laslow
    From Obama’ book Audacity of Hope:
    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/forums/index.p

  • BS77

    Yeah, settlements….yeah, that's the big problem in the world today…people making homes, gardens and play grounds for their children. Settlements provide jobs . Why should the US care if Israel builds homes or shopping malls? We do it all the time…..Aren't housing settlements better than terrorist rockets, armed thugs and mob violence? Judea and Samaria have been part of Israel for thousands of years….The West Bank is a fiction.

    • Penni

      I gave you a thumbs up but they are not Settlements. Israel is just adding more homes, apts in the CITY. Just like in NYC. They are just making more room for a growing population. It's the Biased News Media that call it Settlements! People need to look where they are building.

  • BS77

    Seems like Iranian ships in the Suez and the Iranian nuclear weapons production are far more serious problems than the homes and flower pots in East Jerusalem.

  • Maggie

    NWO

  • Cuban Refugee

    To make the claim of "illegitimacy" for Israeli settlements, Hillary must have been reading too many leftist blogs, or perhaps at last shedding the phony mask, and declaring her true feelings as an Alinskyite. With this latest position, the U.S. has finally declared what the world knew: that the regime occupying the White House is an enemy of the State of Israel. During Netanyahu's U.S. visit the time before last, when he was left cooling his heels while Obama scooted off to dinner with the family, he was advised to get on the internationalist train that had already left the station or perish. Based on the latest developments in the Middle East, and the U.S. turning its back on our friend and ally, there are black clouds hovering over Israel — may God protect its people.

    • Same Brain

      Our Secretary of State is simply proving she is no more qualified for her job than the community organizer in the Oval Office is qualified for his!!!

    • Cuinn

      "With this latest position, the U.S. has finally declared what the world knew: that the regime occupying the White House is an enemy of the State of Israel."

      Agreed. Obama couldn't even manage a visit to Israel while he went around the ME on his apology tour. He hasn't stepped foot in Israel since before he was elected President; wouldn't want to get Jew on him I guess.

    • morrissey

      No, she must have been paying attention to what the World Court and every other country in the world recognizes—these "settlements" in illegally occupied Palestinian territory are illegal. It's not controversial, it's a fact.

  • Steve Chavez

    Don't the American Jews see that the Democrat Party is not a friend of Jews and Israel? Don't they see the ties of the Democrats and front groups in "Solidarity" whose ulitimate goal is the destruction of Israel?

    My New Mexico Democrat Senator, Jeff Bingaman, announced his retirement. In the Santa Fe New Mexican, (add .com to see it) an article was posted and one of comments was by Don Coveillo: "Whoever becomes Senator I pray they will work for the destruction of the murderous pig state of Israel." Many comments by me and others are "deleted" for much much less but this post by their favorite Jew-hater is allowed to remain. My reply to him: "Would you rather gas them or support Ahmadinejad's goal of nuking them? Did you know there are 600,000 Palestinians and Arabs living in peaceful coexistance in Israel? I do know Los Alamos has all types of nukes like the Atom, Hydrogen, and Neutron bombs but do they have a Jew's Only Bomb?" WHEN ARE AMERICAN JEWS GOING TO DEFECT FROM THE DEMOCRAT PARTY?

    • ziontruth

      "Don't the American Jews see that the Democrat Party is not a friend of Jews and Israel? Don't they see the ties of the Democrats and front groups in 'Solidarity' whose ulitimate goal is the destruction of Israel?"

      I don't know if the problem is they don't see. It looks more like the problem is they don't care. The Judaism they've been raised on is as traditional as Liberal Christianity is in the Christian world, an insipid brew of feel-good Marxist "We're all citizens of the world" pap that not only doesn't leave room for the ancient Zionism inherent in Jewish thought but actually militates against it.

      American Jewry is in dire need of Orthodox outreach. Irreligiosity is literally killing U.S. Jews in droves. It's not just about Israel–a no smaller disgrace is the ordinate support for abortion, which the Torah rules is murder except for saving the mother's life. For the Jewish nation, leaving HaShem and His Torah is a pact of death. It must be stopped.

      • QSuzy

        Get your facts right. The Torah rules that as long as a fetus can't survive on its own, it is a fetus, not an unborn child. Torah rules that once the fetus can survive on its own, its a baby.

        In the last few days, a dentist friend of ours and his pregnant wife were having a baby. Mom's life was in grave peril. She wanted an abortion. No, said the husband who returned home today a widower at 32 years of age, wife and fetus died during labor as the doctors had said they would. This 32 year-old widower returned home today to care for his 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son. It's too bad this man wasn't a Torah-schooled father who should have done the right thing for his young family.

        • ziontruth

          Your facts are right, but incomplete. Chazal's ruling about the fetus being "like water" for the first 40 days is not the ruling used today regarding our age's abortions of convenience. The Orthodox rabbis are unanimous: These abortions requested by progenitors who wish to shirk responsibility are forbidden, even when the embryo has not yet passed 40 days. The ruling is different because in Chazal's time no one would even think of undergoing so dangerous an operation just to escape "being punished with a baby."

          • QSuzy

            Regardless of how some rabbis have chosen to rule, the true Torah law is still the valid law. Our dentist friend chose his ideology over the lives of his wife, their fetus, two little born children and himself. In essence, he murdered his wife for the sake of his ideology…….what a tragedy. What a waste.

          • ziontruth

            "Regardless of how some rabbis have chosen to rule, the true Torah law is still the valid law."

            It's not some rabbis, it's probably nearly all of them. And you can't posit a contradiction between "what rabbis have ruled" and "the true Torah law," because Jewish jurisprudence is totally based on the concept that the rabbis' rulings (all the more so if a concensus) are the true Torah law. It has to be that way, or else Judaism would be splintered into a zillion pieces of private interpretation. Private interpretation is not allowed in Judaism.

            The example you gave doesn't refute what I said. After all, it is part of the rabbinical concensus I mentioned that it is permissible to perform an abortion in case of danger to the mother. By all accounts, your dentist friend acted against Jewish Law. But this is not what I decried in my original post. My cry is about American Judaism being decimated by abortions of convenience. Again, Jewish Law does not permit such abortions, no matter the age of the fetus; they are murder, plain and simple.

          • QSuzy

            What may seem to you as an 'abortion of convenience' is really saying that women should not be trusted with their own bodies. Thank G-d that Hashem knew women were stronger than men, thus giving women and not men the power to become pregnant and give birth.

          • ziontruth

            No, it's not about women and their bodies, it's about the human life that grows inside the woman's body. An abortion of convenience is when a woman unintentionally gets pregnant (because she forgot to take the pill in time or something like that), and she decides (whether of her own accord or under pressure from her boyfriend) to abort the fetus in order to prevent the unwanted early parenthood. Rabbinical concensus and therefore Da'at Torah: This is murder.

          • QSuzy

            It's very sad that there is a higher percentage of orphans in the US than in all other Western nations. All these born children that nobody wants. I intend to do all I can to keep abortion legal no matter what.

          • Jewish guy

            QSuzy: How dare you misrepresent the Torah (Judaism’s) view on abortion? Abortion is viewed as akin to murder, although it is not a death penalty offense. If the pregnancy poses a real threat to the mother’s life, then the abortion should be done. It’s like having to shoot a person with a gun who is threatening to kill an innocent bystander, except the unborn baby would be an unintentional killer.
            Please don’t spam us with more messages on abortion.

  • ziontruth

    A lot has done to show how the settlements are legal. I say, kudos to all who have done their bit in showing that. However, I wish to go further.

    They're not just legal. They are not settlements.

    Think: Where do the terms "settlement" and "settler" come from anyhow? The answer is, Post-Colonial Theory, that linchpin of Marxism that discretionarily denies certain nations their right to self-determination and self-defense, by portraying them as invaders worthy of every act of terrorism ("resistance") they receive.

    "Settlement" and "settler" as applies to the Jews of Judea and Samaria (and often those of pre-1967 Israel; ask Helen Thomas) is a crucial part of the faux-Palestinian narrative, which posits the Jewish resettlement of the Land of Israel as a White European Colonial Settler Movement. It is a denial of the fact that the Jews are the only true Palestinian nation, and are in truth the indigenous Palestinians.

    By definition, a Jewish habitat in Palestine, be it in Tel-Aviv or in Ma'aleh Adumim, cannot be a settlement. Cannot anymore than Salonika could be called a "Greek settlement." By definition, a true settlement in Greece would be one inhabited by non-Greeks, such as Turks. And likewise, the only settlers in Palestine are the Arabs. Arabs are settlers in Palestine because they are settlers anywhere outside their indigenous territory, the Arabian Peninsula.

    You won't find me using the term "settlement" except when talking about the Arab habitats in the Land of Israel. I recommend that all committed Zionists choose their framing carefully, so as to corroborate the truth of the Jewish right to the Land of Israel, and not to give aid to the Big Lie of a non-Jewish "Palestinian nation from time immemorial." Terms are important.

    • BS77

      Very good…..yes, how language is used or exploited, can determine the basis of an outlook. Let's stop using the Orwellian propaganda term "settlements" and call them "homes" or "businesses" or "orchards" or "farms". What is wrong with building a home? The Arabs build homes and live in them. Are the liberals saying it's wrong for the Israelis to build a home on their own country's soil? In Libya hundreds of people are being slaughtered by a dictator thug….but we're worrying about home building??? I don't get it.

      • ziontruth

        "Are the liberals saying it's wrong for the Israelis to build a home on their own country's soil?"

        They're saying the country should never have been set up in the first place, because the whole soil belongs to a nation other than the Jews. They think the only right the Jews have in Palestine is the right to be tourists.

    • AnimalFarm

      Thanks for your posting, you made the point very well. I couldn't agree with you more that terms are important. Changing the meaning of words, many times by virtue of misuse, is a deliberate and nefarious move. Orwell understood that (1984).
      We need to get rid of the Obama regime and elect a president who loves America and her allies, Israel being one of them.

  • RiverFred

    The 'Mandate for Palestine,' a historical League of Nations document, laid down the Jewish legal right under international law to settle anywhere in western Palestine. The U.S. endorsed this mandate on June 30, 1922.
    International law makes it clear that all of Israel's wars with its Arab neighbors were in self defense. Thus Israel acted lawfully by exercising its right to self-defense when it redeemed and legally reoccupied Judea and Samaria, known also as the West Bank.
    History 101 for Obozo and the Clintons.

    • penni

      We need to go back thousands of years to explain to all the Jew Haters the history of the Jewish people and Israel, Palistine etc! I'm so tired of all this.

  • Beth

    Hillary clinton and her husband have streets names after them in Albania (former Yugoslavia)

    Why should anyone expect any other kind of behavior from her?

    • BS77

      Excuse me Beth, but Albania has NEVER been the former Yugoslavia, as far as I know. Yugoslavia's confederation included Croatia, Montenegro, Kosova, Serbia, Herzogovinia….and some other principalities….but not Albania. Am I wrong?

  • joe

    The liberals need to realize that we should have no say in how another country grows. In this case, the palestinians dont want to live in peace, they want war. If they’d be allowed to integrate into Israeli society, and could vote, get jobs, etc. There are other Arabs who live in Israel as citizens.

  • evabeliever

    The Media utilizes terms to belittle what it wants to destroy. Women and children become "settlers" and therefore less human when attacked. Cities become less meaningful when referred to as "settlements". Jews become "extremists" when labeled as "orthodox". As always has been the case throughout history: the only good Jew is a dead Jew. Hussein Nobama is a Muslim adherent and Clinton is no better. To ignore the Arab demand that any future Arab state be Judenrein is blatant anti-Semitism. To consider adding a room to a house equivalent to suicide bombings is beyond reason. Obama needs to move back to his Islamic roots and then he can suffer the same fate as many of his fellow Muslims that get blown to pieces while praying. And please take Hillary with him!

  • steven L

    Someone should send Amanpour and Clinton a copy of the Balfour declaration and San Remo conference decisions.
    Ignorance or opportunism is bliss.
    Furthermore Clinton son in law is a rich left democrat!
    So what do you expect?
    The left has joined the orientalists.

  • Richard Weinberg

    As much as I hate Hillary Clinton, and I REALLY do hate her, she is acting and speaking at the behest of that SOB Obama. She is not an elected official, but an appointee and lap dog of Obama. Any time he is not happy with her job performance, he can fire her ass. Which, by the way, is what the American people desperately need to do to Obama in 2012.

    • USMCSniper

      Hillary Rodham Clinton has never gotten one single job on her own anywhere in her life. And when she got them she botched every single one of them. But now this inept failure is the Secretary of State and again failing miserably. The mess in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen in the Middle East will soon to become out of control and spread to Jordan and Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Muslim Arab states. And she is even stirring up the proxy terrorists, the Palestians. She has never done anything significant in her entire life and her inflated opinion of herself is downright laughable. If she had not chased and married Bill Clinton and hung on his coat tails she would never be a "carpetbagger" New York Senator from Arkansas, and for damn sure she would never have been an also ran failed contender for the Democrat Party 2008 Presidential candidate nomination.

    • AnimalFarm

      Nothing has stopped her before from embarrassing the SOBama, so I would have to say that this is really what she thinks of Israel, which is very consistent with her liberal mindset. You will remember that during the Clinton years (when she was co-president) their most frequenst guest at the WH was the human maggot Arafat. They just had a love affair going with that slime. The Obama regime has no place for friends of Israel.

  • Canadian reader

    A note to others writing on behalf of Israel: Why not use the historical names, Judea and Samaria, for the land in question (rather than West Bank)?

  • Canadian reader

    A suggestion: Banish the term WEST BANK, and replace it with JUDEA & SAMARIA.

  • DTorres

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    The film covers a wide range of topics – which include –
    the first wave of Jewish immigration from Europe in the

    1880′s,
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    Settlement expansion,
    the role of the United States Government,
    the second Intifada of 2000, the separation
    barrier and the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza,
    as well as many heart wrenching testimonials
    from victims of this tragedy.

  • Taim

    US is partner in crime. They say one thing but do the opposite. They say settlements are illegal – which is correct – but veto UN resolutions calling for end to this illegal activity.

    Israeli crimes are rightly termed as US-Israeli crimes.

    • Canadian reader

      Taim: Go to court, you crybaby. We are not impressed by your use of lawfare to attack the US or Israel. International law, if there is such a thing, is on the side of the Israelis.

    • MixMChess

      Settlements are not illegal.

      First of all, the so-called settlements make up less than 2% of the entire W. Bank area. Over 85% of the settlements are suburbs or municipalities of major ISRAELI cities (such as Jerusalem) that border the W. Bank.

      Second, Jews have continuously lived in Judea and Samaria (W. Bank) since ancient times. Note, that up until 1947, E. Jerusalem was almost exclusively Jewish and was the location of important Jewish institutions such as the City of David, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Additionally, major Jewish institutions like Hebrew University and the original Hadassah Hospital are all located in eastern Jerusalem. In fact, the only time Jews have been prohibited from living in the territories in recent decades was during Jordan's rule from 1948 to 1967 when the ethnically cleansed the indigenous Jewish population.

      Third, numerous legal authorities dispute the charge that settlements are “illegal.” Stephen Schwebel, formerly President of the International Court of Justice, notes that "a country acting in self-defense may seize and occupy territory when necessary to protect itself." Territory can be acquired as a "security measure" to prevent further attacks and menaces from the foreign territory.

      Fourth, according to Eugene Rostow, a former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs in the Johnson Administration, Resolution 242 gives Israel a legal right to be in the West Bank. The resolution, “allows Israel to administer the territories it won in 1967 until a just and lasting peace in the Middle East is achieved.”

      Fifth, Israel has already agreed to exchange the W. Bank settlements for territory inside Israel as a way to equalize the land with a future Palestinian state.

  • Canadian reader

    Taim: Correction: There is no such thing as international law. Actually, you are being used by kleptocrats and imams, who need a common enemy to deflect the attention of their subjects away from their own poverty and ignorance. If you would just convert your jealousy and anger into constructive energy, you could do so much more for your people.

  • scotsirish

    " I will bless them that bless you and curse them that curse you."__Hillary, being the spiritual vaccum that you are, you have brought this on your own head.__Go and spend your time with Israel's enemies now. See how well your misplaced values serve you there. __I think she may very well be evil.__

    • herbert laub

      The evil there is ===== when people use religion to justify their own madness and hate for people they do not agree with- in the United States this is very much the case

  • herbert laub

    Only in America could a misfit like the ex govenor of Alaska become such a popular political figure and think of running for president she is so underqualified for such an important role in world affairs

    • Cuinn

      WTH does Palin have to do with this particular thread? I'm no Palin fan(find her downright obnoxious)but do attempt to stay on topic.

    • BS77

      You have been indoctrinated by the lame stream lib media, which has relentlessly attacked Ms. Palin since 2008….SHe is a good person and a tough minded citizen….Her TV show about her family's life in Alaska was very well received by millions of Americans. She is certainly as qualified as Ms. Clinton….but why are you bringing her up in this thread????

  • Morrissey

    This should entitled: "Hillary criticizes illegal settlements at long last."

    • BS77

      Why are they "illegal settlements"???? How would it feel if your home was called an illegal settlement? Why don't we call them "homes"???? The word HOMES denotes something far different than "illegal settlement". You need a lesson in Orwellian misuse of language for political purposes.

      • Morrissey

        1.) "Why are they 'illegal settlements'????"
        They contravene international law. That means they are illegal.

        2.) "How would it feel if your home was called an illegal settlement?" These "homes" have been built on illegally occupied land. The illegal "settlers" know this perfectly well. They are pawns of the Israeli regime's ruthless strategy, of course, and they deserve sympathy, and full compensation by the Israeli government when they are moved out, as they surely will be.

        3.) "The word HOMES denotes something far different than 'illegal settlement'." Good point. Language is important. That's why the Israeli propaganda system smears the victims of its brutal settlements strategy with the all-purpose label "terrorists".

        4. "You need a lesson in Orwellian misuse of language for political purposes."
        Please don't use Orwell's name to try to bolster your case. It only shows that you have not read his work.

    • MixMChess

      The settlements are not illegal, plain and simple.

      • Morrissey

        Sterling legal analysis, as usual, my man! Could you point out for us how you have managed to confound the legal experts of the United Nations, Israel and every other jurisdiction in the world?

        • MixMChess

          Yawn….

          First of all, the so-called settlements make up less than 2% of the entire W. Bank area. Over 85% of the settlements are suburbs or municipalities of major ISRAELI cities (such as Jerusalem) that border the W. Bank.

          Second, Jews have continuously lived in Judea and Samaria (W. Bank) since ancient times. Note, that up until 1947, E. Jerusalem was almost exclusively Jewish and was the location of important Jewish institutions such as the City of David, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Additionally, major Jewish institutions like Hebrew University and the original Hadassah Hospital are all located in eastern Jerusalem. In fact, the only time Jews have been prohibited from living in the territories in recent decades was during Jordan's rule from 1948 to 1967 when the ethnically cleansed the indigenous Jewish population.

          Third, numerous legal authorities dispute the charge that settlements are “illegal.” Stephen Schwebel, formerly President of the International Court of Justice, notes that "a country acting in self-defense may seize and occupy territory when necessary to protect itself." Territory can be acquired as a "security measure" to prevent further attacks and menaces from the foreign territory.

          Fourth, according to Eugene Rostow, a former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs in the Johnson Administration, Resolution 242 gives Israel a legal right to be in the West Bank. The resolution, “allows Israel to administer the territories it won in 1967 until a just and lasting peace in the Middle East is achieved.”

          Fifth, Israel has already agreed to exchange the W. Bank settlements for territory inside Israel as a way to equalize the land with a future Palestinian state.

  • Canadian reader

    The term “illegal settlement” is simply a propaganda term, like the term “international law.” Our enemy just wants to take by theft and deceit what it can’t take by force.