Michael is correct. Keeping land taken by conquest has been illegal since the creation of UN resolution 242. But you, Mark, chose, I suspect deliberately, the wrong statement of UNSC 242 to determine legality or violation of the resolution. The resolution determines as a premise the inadmissibility of acquisition of territory by war. That phrasing makes no demands. Israel is in violation of that part of the resolution which demands "withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict." That occupation also violates article 49 of the 4th Geneva Convention. Protocol I, article 85 terms "breaches of the Convention shall be regarded as war crimes." That is why your statement that it is not illegal to keep land conquered by war is wrong. The use of "inadmissibility" was not chosen to support your position. You should know that statutes for capital murder do not include the word illegal. But violation of the statute can carry the death penalty.
- 12:43 PM
from the article: Olmert's negotiator: Full Mideast peace impossible