The Oslo Accords, after 25 Years, Have Left Israel with a Situation It Can Neither Accept nor Be Rid Of

Aug. 20 2018

Twenty-five years ago today, Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas signed the Oslo Accords in secret. The public ceremony on the White House lawn, with Yitzḥak Rabin and Yasir Arafat representing their respective peoples, took place three weeks later. Eyal Zisser takes stock of this “experiment,” which, in his mind, failed:

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More about: Israel & Zionism, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Mahmoud Abbas, Oslo Accords, 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