by Prof. Louis René Beres forwarded with comments by Emanuel A. Winston, Mid East analyst & commentator
Professor Louis René Beres, as a renowned expert in International Law once again, in plain English, explains the underlying laws that invalidate both the Bush and Rice Road Map (purportedly assembled by a team of anti-Israel Arabists, led by former Secretary of State James Baker III, infamous for his hostility to the Jewish people and the Jewish State).
Prof. Beres outlines the legal basis for
As the historian Arnold Toynbee once commented, in
Once again, the Jewish nation is being pushed outside of the boundaries of real law, her sovereignty and that of survival by hostile Arabists in
COMMENTS BY EMANUEL A. WINSTON
In urgent matters of national survival and geopolitics, words matter. The still generally unchallenged language referring provocatively to an Israeli "Occupation" always overlooks the pertinent and incontestable history of the West Bank (Judea/Samaria) and
Perhaps the most evident omission concerns the unwitting manner in which these "Territories" fell into
A sovereign state of
Even as a nonstate legal entity, "
LET US return to an earlier history. From the Biblical Period (ca. 1350 BCE to 586 BCE) to the British Mandate (1918 - 1948), the land named by the Romans after the ancient Philistines was controlled only by non-Palestinian elements. Significantly, however, a continuous chain of Jewish possession of the land was legally recognized after World War I, at the San Remo Peace Conference of April 1920. There, a binding treaty was signed in which
In 1922, Great Britain unilaterally and without any lawful authority split off 78 percent of the lands promised to the Jews - all of Palestine east of the Jordan River - and gave it to Abdullah, the non-Palestinian son of the Sharif of Mecca. Eastern Palestine now took the name Transjordan, which it retained until April 1949, when it was renamed as
On July 20, 1951, a Palestinian Arab assassinated King Abdullah for the latter's hostility to Palestinian aspirations and concerns. Regarding these aspirations,
IN 1947, several years prior to Abdullah's killing, the newly-formed United Nations, rather than designate the entire land west of the
This unambiguous declaration has been at the very heart of all subsequent Arab orientations toward
IN 1967, almost 20 years after
For their part, the Arab states convened a summit in
This question should now be raised in connection with the US-sponsored "Road Map To Peace in the Middle East," a twisted cartography leading to "
THIS HAS been a very brief account of essential historic reasons why the so-called "
If anyone should still have doubts about Palestinian intentions, they need look only to former Prime Minister Sharon's "disengagement" from
The writer, Louis René Beres is a professor of International Law at Purdue University, is the author of many books and articles dealing with military affairs and international law.
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