its not simply an occupied state.... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • ben
    • 11.10.10 | 03:39 (IST)

    According to Alan Dowty, ( Professor of Political Science Emeritus, University of Notre Dame) " ... legally the status of the West Bank falls under the international law of belligerent occupation, as distinguished from nonbelligerent occupation that follows an armistice. This assumes the possibility of renewed fighting, and affords the occupier "broad leeway". The West Bank has a unique status in two respects; first, there is no precedent for a belligerent occupation lasting for more than a brief period, and second, that the West Bank was not part of a sovereign country before occupation—thus, in legal terms, there is no "reversioner" for the West Bank. This means that sovereignty of the West Bank is currently suspended, and, according to some, Israel, as the only successor state to the Palestine Mandate, has a status that "goes beyond that of military occupier alone."

    from the article: Lieberman: Israel will not be the Czechoslovakia of 2010
    First published 00:28 11.10.10 | Last updated 00:28 11.10.10
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