Good advice when you get into a troublesome situation. Something Israel, as a country, doesn’t seem to have done when it took Judea and Samaria in 1967. But, even though it’s late, they have finally got lawyers involved:
For years, the world has regarded Judea and Samaria as Palestinian territory illegally occupied by Israel • But now a group of hundreds of jurists from Israel and abroad is fighting back in the battle for the historical and legal truth.
Of course, part of the reason Israel is behind the pace is that it has never properly made its case. I suspect there are more complex reasons behind that than us outsiders can possibly know, but whatever they are, something appears to have changed.
“As such, when the U.N. secretary-general states that ‘the settlements are illegal and are an obstacle to peace,’ or when [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas demands that Israel ‘dismantle the settlements built on Palestinian land since 1967, since their very establishment is illegal,’ and when even the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, refers to the settlements as ‘illegitimate’ — all of them are basing their statements on errant legal assumptions from a factual standpoint,” said Dr. Hagai Winitzki of Sha’arei Mishpat College.
To put it another way, those who talk of illegal settlements are talking out of an orifice not normally used for such discourse.
The article in Israel Hayom (here) really just scratches the surface, but it’s good to see any publicity for a view to oppose the accepted vision – the accepted vision which is wrong.