Jewish Press: The legality of the settlements, in fact, largely hinges on whether the disputed territories are occupied. Article 49(6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits an occupying power from deporting or transferring its population into occupied territory.
While there are compelling arguments that this does not even cover the kind of voluntary relocation undertaken by Israelis moving over the Green Line, the prohibition is outright inapplicable if no occupation exists. There is good reason to believe this is the case here.
There are several points of reference for understanding the territories’ legal status. Security Council Resolution 242, passed in the aftermath of the Six Day War, suggests that Israel’s territorial gains resulting from war are invalid. This rule, however, is not absolute. Read more
Opinion: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates …” Genesis 15:18.
Every major UN Security Council Resolution since the 1967 Six Day War refers to resolution 242 since it is all about withdrawal from so-called occupied territories.
In 1967, Resolution 242 demanded Israel’s withdrawal from lands it captured as a result of the Six Day War, to effectively give those lands back to Egypt, Syria and Jordan – who had planned to completely destroy the Jewish state. It was outrageous in 1967, and it is outrageous today. No nation has ever given back land taken in a defensive war.
- Judea/Samaria in the middle of the country
- Sinai desert in the south
- Gaza from the west
- Golan from the north
Pre-1967 Israel was open to attack from each area. Since the miraculous victory, Israel has given back up to two-thirds of Judea, the Sinai, and Gaza, in exchange for peace that didn’t even last 24 hours before rockets began to fly.
The progressive left Israel haters (called the UN) have been foaming at the mouth for Israel to hand over all of Judea and the Golan in the north, which would be making the worst decision in Israel’s history twice.
It is funny that no one calls Crimea occupied. No one calls any of the 23 countries China has invaded occupied, and no one calls any of the 22 countries Britain invaded occupied. The UN stays quiet.
In Israel’s case, the UN ‘dictators club’ will not stop:
United Nations Security Council Resolution 497, adopted unanimously on December 17, 1981, declared that the Israeli Golan Heights Law, which effectively annexed the Golan Heights, is “null and void and without international legal effect” and further calls on Israel to give that land back as well.
Because of those 2 resolutions, the world calls the West Bank, Sinai, Gaza and Golan occupied territories. That parts of the West Bank, Sinai and Gaza were returned in exchange for peace that never came is of no concern to an Israel-hating world.
The most recent Resolution 232 making all of Israel’s settlements in Judea and Samaria, illegal passed because Barack Obama instructed Samantha Power to abstain from voting at the UN in 2016.
President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turned the UN on its head and the progressives can’t stop crying.