16 - Sadly for Israel, international law changed - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • r cummings
    • 17.02.10 | 18:04 (IST)

    What happened to Polish territory post-war is history now. International law changed shortly afterwards, it made it 'prohibited to acquire territory by force'. So no, Israel CANNOT acquire territory by forcefully expropriating or illegally 'annexing' land. Indeed, it can never have legal sovereignty over one dunam of the West Bank without the formal consent of the civil power (the PA, acting on behalf of the PLO). The Polish border was a highly flexible affair that waxed and wained over the centuries, Russia had at least as good claim to parts of the land. The Palestine border does not wax and wane, it remains legally as it did when the UN drew it in 1948. Nice try though!

    from the article: Pro-Mideast in America: Getting past 'Pro-Israel' and 'Pro-Palestine'
    First published 10:26 17.02.10 | Last updated 16:01 17.02.10
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