On the contrary - the panel has justed handed the Arab side the victory it failed to achieve by force in 1948 - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • An Israeli
    • 10.07.12 | 20:04 (IDT)

    Recall that the War of Independence was fought because the Jewish side accepted the partition plan, preferring to have half the territory in which it could be self-determining by virtue of having a majority of the voters. The Arab side rejected the partition, preferring to have one state, including the entire territory, in which it would be the majority. If the panel claims that the West Bank is not occupied, because the Balfour Declaration and the British Mandate gave the Jews the right to settle there, then it is in essence claiming that the West Bank is Israeli territory by virtue of Balfour and the Mandate. (The West Bank must be either occupied territory or Israel territory - it cannot be both at the same time). However, both those documents require that the civil rights of the existing non-Jewish population in the area must be protected. If Israel claims the territory based on those documents it must fulfill them entirely, and grant civil rights and citizenship to the Palestinians living there, otherwise, not only will the legality of its claim be in doubt, but it will become an apartheid state. And thus we will have, very shortly, a 23'rd Arab state named Israel, just as the Arab side wanted in 1948 (at least until a majority of the voters of said state decide to change it's name to something more appropriate - perhaps Ismael, for example)

    from the article: There. It's finally done. Israel has ended the occupation. Tick. Tick. Tick.
    First published 13:52 10.07.12 | Last updated 13:52 10.07.12
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