Freezing settlements in the West Bank and areas around Jerusalem are vital at this juncture because... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smadar
    • 19.12.12 | 06:35 (IST)

    first and foremost, despite being within the Jewish Biblical ancestral territory, as its only part of that historical region anyways which is within Israel's sovereignty, its continued settlement building defies international law concerning territory captured during war, evident in the terms of the Geneva Convention. Israel today in the approaching year of 2013, is part of the global community which simply has to adhere to these international principles. As the majority of Israelis and Jews of Diaspora adhere to respecting international laws, it is obligatory that Israel's government reflect its citizenry and not a leader's or particular sector's personal convictions about its significance. Freezing settlement construction benefits the collective communities of the region at this time, in order to implement bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for a two state resolution to the conflict.

    from the article: Building out of spite
    First published 04:59 19.12.12 | Last updated 04:59 19.12.12
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