#192 Dave from Chicago - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Johnboy
    • 12.01.07 | 11:05 (IST)

    "The West Bank and Gaza were not `free` or Palestinian prior to 1967" No, definitely not free. But clearly Palestinian. Not free because they were under occupation by foreign states. Palestinian because that land was part of the Mandate territory, and when the prior sovereign (Mandated Britain) dissolved then the right to self-determination comes into play i.e. the only people who could determine the fate of that land were the people who were on it. Those parts controlled by the Jewish Palestinians were able to exercise their right to self-determination, and they formed a state. Those parts not controlled by the Jewish Palestinians were not able to exercise that same right, because they came under occupation by Jordan and Egypt. But occupation does not extinguish the right to self-determination, only suppress it. So the fate of that land is up to the Palestinians, and to them alone. Has been from 1949, and continues today. It's theirs, and no-one else

    from the article: PM dismisses Meshal comments that Israel's existence is a reality
    First published 00:00 11.01.07 | Last updated 00:00 11.01.07
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