The Unoccupied Territories


Interesting, this little piece of information seems to have slipped through the slimy hands of the American media, into their amazingly full waste baskets, never to be taken notice of and passed on to the American public. What a shame. You see, it looks like man has finally decided that Israel has a legal right to what God has already given them. Now, you’d think that was news worthy, wouldn’t you? Apparently not – but here it is, having been published by the Unity Coalition for Israel.
In August 2005, almost seven years ago, we stood and wept as we watched Jews being removed from their rightful homes in Gush Katif – Gaza – by the Jewish government. We knew then that it was wrong, but we also knew that our own government, as well as the world community, had forced Israel into this hideous deed, all in the name of “peace!” Obviously, that peace didn’t happen. Now, seven years later – those innocent people who’ve had their lives shattered while the shelling from Gaza has gone on day after day after day, are finally being re-settled in homes. They are picking up the pieces of their lives – shattered for piece – and moving on.
What we haven’t understood or been made aware of is that just last week, while you and I slept in our comfortable, air-conditioned bedrooms, more Jews were moved from their homes – this time from Beit El – remember the place where Jacob laid his head on a stone and slept and dreamed of Angels going up and down ladders – that’s Beit El (Bethel). Once again, to please an Arab who said he, and not the Arab the Jews actually bought the land from, owned the land on which they had built homes. AND, once again, to appease Arabs, Israel moved Jews from their rightful homes. And we did nothing – again. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/243763#.T_Yde5Fz2So
So I pose a question to you, the reader: If the world community can put so much pressure upon a country to cause them to remove rightful homeowners from their homes, can you and I be forced from our homes – the ones we paid for with our own money, just as the Jews have?

The Unoccupied Territories

Dror Eydar – Jul 05, 2012
IsraelHayom.com

The biggest news story of the week, perhaps of the year, slipped under the media radar yesterday: Edna Adato of Israel Hayom revealed the main points of a report drafted by the Committee to Examine the State of Construction in Judea and Samaria, headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levi. The report touches upon the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and makes sense of the matter. One can say that the government received permission to toss attorney Talia Sasson’s report on settlement outposts into the dustbin of history.

Levi’s report concludes that Israel has the right to settle Jews in Judea and Samaria, and that it is incorrect to say that building settlements is illegal according to international law: “According to international law Israelis have the legal right to settle in all of Judea and Samaria, and at the very least in territories under Israeli control based on agreements with the Palestinian Authority; and therefore the creation of settlements in and of itself is not an illegal act.”

The committee also concludes: “From the viewpoint of international law, statutes regarding the ‘occupation’ are inapplicable due to the special legal and historical circumstances regarding the decades-long Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria.”

Since the 1970s, senior jurists in Israel and abroad have argued that Israel is completely within its rights to settle its citizens in Judea and Samaria. Among them are the President of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Judge Stephen Schwebel; Prof. Elihu Lauterpacht of Cambridge University; and Prof. Eugene Rostow, the former Deacon at Yale’s school of law, all of whom, along with others, have voiced their clear opinions in regards to Israel’s just claim over Judea and Samaria within the historical and legal circumstances.

Since the Six-Day War, however, Israel has refrained from declaring the permanent status of the territories it won, excluding Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

Into this vacuum Chief Justice Aharon Barak and others inserted the legal paradigm of “Belligerent Occupation,” according to which military governance draws its authority from the rules of international law in territories that were won in war. The significance is that Israel is deemed, allegedly, to be a foreign occupier, and it doesn’t have the right to apply its sovereignty over, or to move its civilian population into, those territories.

Some of the measures which hostile legal bodies have taken against the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria stemmed from this perception. These measures, which aimed at strangling the settlement enterprise, received justification from the State Prosecutor’s Office due to its adoption of the Belligerent Occupation paradigm, despite the current government’s many objections.

If the territories aren’t occupied, the Left has argued over the years, they must be annexed, including the populations there. But the reality isn’t a polar one, it is complex. The current report recognizes an intermediate reality: At hand is a disputed territory; two entities hold it; none of the sides is considered an “occupier.” There is disagreement regarding ownership, which needs to be clarified through different means, but there is no definition of “occupation” in the international legal sense of the word.

A perception of Belligerent Occupation occurs when one country conquers the territories of another country. In our case, the last sovereign power was the British Mandate, which received its legitimacy from the League of Nations to create a national home for the Jews in the Land of Israel.

The Jordanian occupation was never recognized (aside from Britain and Pakistan), and Israel never conquered “Jordanian territory.” Moreover, Jordan renounced its sovereignty over these territories toward the late 1980s.

Another dramatic point in the report is its stance on communities which were built without a government decision (“Unauthorized”). The report concludes that because their creation and development occurred with the knowledge, encouragement and agreement of the most senior government echelons, “this conduct must be considered to be ‘authorization.'”

Therefore, “the act of eviction from these communities is impractical and a different solution must be found, such as compensation or alternative land offers. For this reason the committee has suggested to the state that it refrain from carrying out demolition orders in these communities, which it is in essence responsible for creating.”

If the government adopts the report’s conclusions, it means that the folks working with Mike Blass over at the State Prosecutor’s Office will no longer be able to deny, in the state’s name, the existence of these communities and won’t be able to advance their destruction through dry legal claims.

The government has taken a great step in the right direction on this matter, much to the chagrin of the enemies of the settlement enterprise, and to the joy of its supporters, comprising most of the Jewish population in Israel.

Now a world war will ensue against the report and against Levi.

All the old arguments and slandering tactics will be dusted off and put to use; left-wing organizations will enlist the help of their friends from across the globe, and the alienated juridical elite will fight against the most natural thing to us as a people: the return to our homeland, the cradle of our nationhood.

There is no need to become over-excited; this is exactly what this government was elected for. It is the will of most of the people, and it is also a historical decree.


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About heartlandheartbeat

Margy Pezdirtz has been a leader in the Christian Zionist movement for over twenty-five years. She has diligently worked as an activist in the church and community to increase awareness of Israel, to teach on Judeo-Christian relationships, and to promote the cause of Israel in whatever manner deemed necessary. It is her firm belief that in order to make a difference in the church, and the world, for the cause of Israel, a solid network of like-minded people has to be established at the grass roots level.
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