The Palestinian Authority’s Security Forces Are Crucial to Keeping the Peace. The “Peace Process” Could Be Their Ruin

April 11 2018

When, in 1994, the Oslo Accords first went into effect, fighters from the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s military wing took over police and security duties in Jericho and Gaza; later they would assume control throughout the West Bank. Yasir Arafat, as Neri Zilber and Ghaith al-Omari explain, quickly turned his new security services into personal armies that would maintain his grip on power and, eventually, make war on Israel:

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More about: Israel & Zionism, Oslo Accords, Palestinian Authority, PLO, Second Intifada, Yasir Arafat

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