NY Times goes apoplectic over legal validation of Jewish settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently appointed an advisory commission of jurists to explore the legality of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The panel, headed by former Supreme Court justice Edmund Levy, concluded that the West Bank -- biblical Judea and Samaria -- cannot be construed as "occupied" territory under international conventions, because the world never recognized Jordan's illegal occupation before 1967, when Israel captured the area in the Six-Day War. Ergo, there are no legal impediments to Jewish settlements, given also a long history of Jewish ties to this land.   Consequently, "according to international law, Israelis have the legal right to settle in Judea and Samaria," the jurists concluded.  However, they also urged the government to establish clearer guidelines and demarcations for authorized settlements. Basically, there is little news in any of this.  Dispassionate journalistic observers - and their ranks sadly are dwindling...(Read Full Post)