Why the Israeli Presence in the West Bank Conforms with International Law

April 10 2018

It is generally taken for granted, even among Israel’s friends, that the territories acquired from Jordan in 1967 are under “occupation.” Israel itself even applies to the West Bank the laws of the Geneva Convention regarding occupied territory. But, argues Eugene Kontorovich, it does so in error. (Interview by Sarah Haetzni-Cohen.)

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More about: Gaza Strip, International Law, Israel & Zionism, West Bank

 

Benny Gantz Should Be Praised for Compromising, Not Condemned for Capitulating

March 30 2020

After three inconclusive elections in a year’s time, Israel’s political stalemate seemed to come to an end last week when the leaders of the two largest parties—Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu—agreed to form a governing coalition together with some of the smaller parties. According to the deal, Netanyahu will serve as prime minister for eighteen months, after which he will be succeeded by Gantz. This compromise, paradoxically, has led to the breakup of Gantz’s Blue and White party, as two of its three constituent factions have refused to join the unity government. Their leaders have denounced Gantz for supposedly crumbling before Netanyahu, but Jonathan Tobin argues that he has acted bravely:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli politics, Moshe Yaalon, Yair Lapid