Monday, May 24, 2010

Abbas And The PA Still Expect To Be Rewarded For Aggression

From an email:
Proximity Talks (1)
Palestinian Arab aggression against the territorial integrity and political independence of Israel cannot and should not be rewarded.

May 24, 2010 | Eli E. Hertz 
Professor, Judge Schwebel, the former President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) explains why Israel has the better title in the territory of what was Palestine, including the whole of Jerusalem:

"(a) a state [Israel] acting in lawful exercise of its right of self-defense may seize and occupy foreign territory as long as such seizure and occupation are necessary to its self-defense;

"(b) as a condition of its withdrawal from such territory, that State may require the institution of security measures reasonably designed to ensure that that territory shall not again be used to mount a threat or use of force against it of such a nature as to justify exercise of self-defense;

"(c) Where the prior holder of territory had seized that territory unlawfully [Jordan]; the state which subsequently takes that territory in the lawful exercise of self-defense [Israel] has, against that prior holder, better title.

"As between Israel, acting defensively in 1948 and 1967, on the one hand, and her Arab neighbors, acting aggressively, in 1948 and 1967, on the other, Israel has the better title in the territory of what was Palestine, including the whole of Jerusalem."
So is self-defense still an issue for Israel--especially when Israel and the PA are in the middle of talks?

Just listen to Israel's moderate peace partners:
Fatah may resume ‘armed struggle'
05/23/2010 04:30

Fatah official warns of outcome if proximity talks fail.

Fatah does not rule out the possibility of resuming an “armed struggle” against Israel if the US-sponsored proximity talks fail, a senior Fatah official said on Saturday.
This after the May 8th statement from the State Department that
Both parties are taking some steps to help create an atmosphere that is conducive to successful talks, including President Abbas’ statement that he will work against incitement of any sort...
I suppose that after centuries of Muslim conquest and occupation, diplomatic negotiations don't come easy.

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