The Democratic Party’s Divorce from Israel

Three Democratic presidents—Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson—laid the foundations of the U.S.-Israel alliance; even as late as the Clinton years, the Democratic party seemed the natural address for many supporters of Israel. Now the alliance appears to be broken, or at least in serious jeopardy. In explaining how so much has changed, Jonathan Tobin looks back to two major turning points:

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More about: Democrats, First Lebanon War, Israel & Zionism, Jimmy Carter, Menachem Begin, US-Israel relations

What Does International Law Say about Settlements in Occupied Territory? If Israel Does It, It’s Illegal

Sept. 22 2020

It is the general opinion of most governments, legal experts, Middle East specialists, and the editorial boards of major English-language newspapers that the construction of homes for Jews in the West Bank is, at least in some cases, a violation of international law. Yet it is not at all clear why this should be so. Two recent books on disputed territories in international law, both of which pay special attention to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, address this subject in detail, and in the end side against Israel. But, writes Eugene Kontorovich in his review, their authors fail to appreciate the problem that the law in question has never been applied to any country besides the Jewish state:

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More about: International Law, Settlements, West Bank