#38 Historian on the aftermath of WW2 - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Johnboy
    • 13.01.07 | 02:03 (IST)

    "Russia kept Kenigsberg" - unconditional surrender "poland kept a huge part of what used to be germany" - unconditional surrender After a war you can not just take land of the defeated. You need to get that defeated party to sign a surrender document that says so, or get them to sign a treaty that ceded the land. A signed "unconditional surrender" document is just that - the defeated party has signed a surrender that allows the victors to do what they want and take what they please. Does Israel has such a document that has the signature of the Syrian President? Does Israel have ANY document signed by the Syrian President that says Syria has ceded the Golan? If Israel doesn't - and it doesn't - then it is in occupation of that land, and does not have sovereignty over that land. It can't, therefore, be a "spoil of war" in the way that Kenigsberg was. The legal niceties *do* count. I thought a Historian would understand that.

    from the article: Syria diplomat: No preconditions to negotiations with Israel
    First published 00:00 12.01.07 | Last updated 00:00 12.01.07
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