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    • zionist forever
    • 25.04.13 | 18:06 (IDT)

    if Jerusalem is not legally Israeli territory then whose is it? When the UN proposed partition in 1947 Jerusalem was supposed to be an international entity which would until a long term solution found continue to be governed by the British Empire. During the war of independence after the battle for Jerusalem the city was divided for the first time in its history and Jordan took the east and Israel the west ( if not Israel who does Jerusalem belong to? ). There was no formal owner of Jerusalem under the partition plan but Israel captured the west in 1948 and the east in 1967 who does it be returned to if there was no owner of the city prior to 1948? Also what land is recognized as being legally Israeli territory? In 1947 the UN allocated 55% of Palestine minus Jaffa to Israel and 45% + Jaffa to the arab state which never came into being. When the war of independence ended in 1949 and the ceasefire lines were drawn up Israel was left controlling 78% of Palestine + Jaffa + west Jerusalem. Then in 1967 when the ceasefire lines were drawn up Israel had captured the remaining 22% of mandate Palestine + east Jerusalem + Sinai + Golan. Israel itself has never even declared what its borders should be so how do you decide? WIll it be the borders of resoulution 181, will it be the ceasefire line from 1949, will it be the ceasefire line from 1967, will it be something else and who will decide what it should be?

    from the article: Like Israel, Palestinians must also learn the lessons of South Africa
    First published 02:53 25.04.13 | Last updated 02:53 25.04.13
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