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    • r cummings
    • 09.11.09 | 12:03 (IST)

    It holds the WB under the law of belligerent occupation. That status places a number of obligations upon Israel. It is responsible for the welfare of the occupied people, the safeguarding and development of Palestinian civic institutions, etc., working with the civil authority (currently the PA). If the PA is dissolved and Palestine relinquishes the right to be a separate state, then the land, its people and its institutions become part of the occupying nation, Israel - which also has a legal duty to provide free and fair electoral representation. So forget Green Line, security barrier, settlements, West and East J'sem, lopsided allocation of water and the rest, it all becomes one big Israel under Israeli law where all citizens are entitled to stand for election and vote. That's the international law and Israel has as much chance of wriggling round it as apartheid South Africa did with its bantustan policy. Hamas or Fatah as the largest party in the Knesset is inevitable. Enjoy.

    from the article: Abbas wants Obama guarantee for East Jerusalem freeze
    First published 00:57 09.11.09 | Last updated 11:15 09.11.09
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