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    • stephanie
    • 18.11.09 | 02:35 (IST)

    mr moshe, you are wrong. Israel CANNOT acquire Judea and Samaria "by right". There is NO such law which gives a right to acquire by force. The warring parties only have a right to negotiate their mutual demands and reach a peace treaty. Israel was supposed to get peace for land. I am all in favor for the Palestinians declaring a state. A sovereign people does not need anyone's permission to declare themselves sovereign. Since the West Bank was never a legal part of Israel the Palestinians do not have to negotiate a cession. And by declaring a state they obligate themselves to acting according to international norms, they become more accountable. They will be forced to create the institutions of governance, all this will lead to greater stability for them. I see nothing in the declaration of a state by the Palestinians which contradicts the achievement of peace. By being a sovereign actor they have more standing and more rights in any peace negotiations.

    from the article: Abbas: Only solution is to declare Palestinian state
    First published 11:31 17.11.09 | Last updated 11:56 25.11.09
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