With the Palestinians’ latest gambit of signing on to the ICC and accusing Israel of “war crimes” through its settlements in Judea and Samaria, it bears repeating that the settlements are not illegal at all. Read the following blog post by First One Through (via Jews Down Under) who provides a thorough background of the legality of the settlement enterprise. The blogger also explains and the ins and outs of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which is a very popular stick used by the Palestinians, the extreme left and all their supporters with which to beat Israel.
Many people have argued that it is illegal for Israelis to live beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines (east of the Green Line, EGL/Judea and Samaria/West Bank). The question of “legitimacy” (not legality) has been repeated often by the USA’s Obama Administration. Those comments are more harsh towards Israel than prior American administrations that simply viewed new settlements as “unhelpful” to a peace agreement between Israel and the Arab states. Jimmy Carter was the only US president that actually called the settlements “illegal”. Below is a review of the international laws that apply towards the settlements.
Fourth Geneva Convention
Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention deals with the treatment of “occupied territory“. It is unclear whether it applies to territory obtained in both offensive and defensive wars, but this review will assume that the law stands in either case.
The majority of Article 49 is about the treatment of the inhabitants of the…
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