The Lessons of Previous Misadventures in "International Control"

Who remembers the Free State of Danzig?

July 22, 2019 | Jeremy Rabkin
About the author: Jeremy Rabkin is a professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.
This is a response to The Mirage of an International Jerusalem, originally published in Mosaic in July 2019

The flag of the Free State of Danzig. Wikipedia.

In “The Mirage of an International Jerusalem,” Michel Gurfinkiel brings to light—more vividly than in any other account I have seen—the long-forgotten connection between contemporary disputes over Jerusalem and the diplomatic fantasies of the late 1940s. I totally agree with his conclusion that there is no serious legal argument against foreign nations recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, just as the United States did in 2017. In this respect at least, we should be glad that President Trump is not much concerned with diplomatic niceties.

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