The West Bank and Gaza are disputed territories, all right, but not because Israel acquired them in a defensive war. What an idiot! He's buying into the Arab narrative that has so successfully won over a large part of the world community! This land belonged to ISRAEL when Israel declared independence and Britain ended the Mandate. Jordan's and Egypt's offensive war was an illegal act under all international law, and the "border" that resulted after open hostilities ceased was also illegal. I don't know whether international law would have allowed Israel to take that territory back unilaterally, but Israel didn't have to cross that bridge. Those countries started ANOTHER offensive war, and as a result, Israel RECOVERED its own territory. There is no sovereign nation that has a claim to those lands other than Israel. Now this is all fact and is all legally justifiable, but that does not stop it from being disputed, as Saeb Erakat keeps reminding us. The "1967 border" between Israel and Jordan runs along the Jordan River, not through the hills of central Israel. Ayalon is right to reject the use of that term. "Occupied territory" is what the West Bank was between 1949 and 1967 only. Ayalon is legally correct in rejecting that term, too. Erakat may be incensed that acquiring territory by an offensive war is illegal and deplorable, but he is cleverly turning the facts around. Jordan's acquisition was illegal and deplorable. Israel's recovery of that same ground was legal and justifiable. Erakat's passionate rage is calculated. Rather than direct that rage at Israel for taking back its own territory, he should focus it on those settlers who have built without permits, or built on land that belonged to someone else. But settlements on government land? Nothing illegal about that as long as the government agrees. Why is Ayalon a fool? Because this is NOTHING LIKE the Spanish Sahara. Rather, it is like Czechoslovakia getting the Sudetenland back after WW2. You can't effectively counter the Arab narrative with such nonsense - you have to beat it with law and facts.
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