Jasper - Jordan and the West Bank - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • r cummings
    • 04.12.09 | 15:21 (IST)

    The answer - Johnboy and CJ will hopefully correct me if I'm wrong in the detail - is that the West Bank's status has not changed since 1947. It was and remains a 'non-state entity', i.e. a state that exists but has not yet declared itself to be a sovereign state. When Jordan conquered it in 1948, it held it as a trustee only. It didn't declare sovereignty over it, so its status was unchanged. When Israel's army invaded it, the army only gained the rights of 'belligerent occupation'. That means the army (not the GOI) has the TEMPORARY right to occupy the land until hostilities cease. It can not annex land, settle Jewish people there, impose Israeli law there etc. and must support the civil power, the PA. It is legally impossible for the WB to become Israeli territory without the consent of the civil authority (the PA). So no, it did NOT become Israel's land. It is prohibited in law to gain territory by conquest.

    from the article: U.S. falls short in bid to gain support for Israel's settlement freeze
    First published 00:46 04.12.09 | Last updated 02:53 04.12.09
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