Israel Hayom: The announcement last month by US Secretary Mike Pompeo that Israeli settlements are not illegal was either warmly welcomed or hotly rejected, depending on how you interpret international law.
Indeed, recently 107 Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Pompeo expressing “strong disagreement” with the State Department’s new policy and urged Pompeo to “reverse this policy decision immediately.”
Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, said that Pompeo “did a great service for Israel and for truth by stating that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are not illegal.” Read More…
Opinion: That the Ottoman Empire collapsed after WWI and stateless Arabs were awarded over 22 Arab states, including Jordan (taken from Israel’s allotted land) seems to have been forgotten by an anti-Semitic world.
The question of International law in regards to settlements in Judea and Samaria dates back to the 4th Geneva convention of 1949 which states:
- “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”
Israel has consistently argued that the settlements are not in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention since, in its view, Israeli citizens were neither deported nor transferred to the territories, and they cannot be considered to have become “occupied territory” since there had been no internationally recognized legal sovereign prior. Successive Israeli governments have argued that all authorized settlements are entirely legal and consistent with international law. source
Enter the UN dictators club with numerous one-sided resolutions and prevailing international opinions that Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are a violation of international law, including UN Security Council resolutions in 1979, 1980, and 2016.
Enter God who made it clear that Israel is His land (Genesis 17:7-8, 15:18; Leviticus 25:23; Joel: 3:1-2) and it is not to be divided.
The UN makes no mention of Israel’s legitimate miraculous 1967 victory which should have settled the matter. In that war Egypt lost the Sinai and Gaza, Syria lost the Golan Heights, and Jordan lost Judea and Samaria (West Bank) in a defensive war. No nation has ever given back land taken in a defensive war.
The Arab world, UN, EU, Russia and progressive Israel-hating liberals have demanded Israel commit national suicide and hand all those God given buffers back. In exchange for peace that never came, Israel gave back parts of Judea, the Sinai and Gaza.
Enter Donald J. Trump, who, apparently agrees with God in making Israel’s settlements in their ancient homeland legal.
If any one of the current crop of Democrats gets into power it is a given that Trump’s settlement policy will change. If Netanyahu is also replaced with a secular leader, he or she will likely offer that land for peace once again.