Last week (and a couple of weeks prior) I wrote about the EU undermining Israel’s sovereignty as well as its violation of international law through their illegal construction of buildings for Palestinian-only use in Judea and Samaria.
The Israeli NGO Legal Grounds, which promotes Israel’s legal rights to Judea and Samaria, has now challenged EU Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen to a debate with international law expert Prof. Eugene Kontorovich to discuss the latter’s false assertion that the 1948 Armistice Lines are an international border:
The EU Ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, participated last week in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper’s anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) conference where he reiterated the EU’s stance that Israeli “settlements” are “illegal under international law” and are “a hindrance to the peace process.”
Faaborg-Andersen additionally termed the 1949 armistice line an “internationally recognized border” even though the 1949 line is neither internationally recognized, nor is it a border.
Legal Grounds, a grassroots initiative established to inform about and promote Israel’s legal land rights, called on the Ambassador to publicly debate Professor Eugene Kontorovich, a renowned expert on international law at Northwestern University and senior legal think tank fellow in Israel.
Legal Grounds claim the EU’s stance contravenes the officially recognized rightful presence of the State of Israel in Judea and Samaria according to international law: “These rights were recognized unequivocally by the League of Nations, and reaffirmed in Chapter 80 of the UN Charter. Moreover, the EU stance runs contrary to its previous commitment implicit in its having witnessed and signed Oslo II, an agreement based on stipulations by UN resolutions 242 and 338 that Israel is entitled to ‘secure and recognized’ borders.”
Legal Grounds believe that Faaborg-Andersen should be held accountable for his inaccurate statement regarding legal facts.
I would love to see such a debate. It would be riveting and enlightening. I would place my money on Kontorovich to win the debate handily. Maybe that’s why we haven’t heard any agreement from the Europeans tot he debate – yet.
The EU should not only be held accountable for inaccurate statements (or bald lies). They should also be held accountable for their ridiculous obsession with Israel over the much more immediate threats from Islamist terrorism, as the above Facebook cartoon from Legal Grounds’ page so accurately expresses. This obsession with Israel and the territories has worked to their own detriment, as they ignore Muslim anti-West terrorism at their own peril.