There are two general priniciples of law which international law must conform to - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • An Israeli
    • 30.03.13 | 09:16 (IDT)

    1) It can't be retroactive 2) I can't be discriminatory. The Un statements about the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war (242) and the 1970 declaration of same are AFTER the 6 day war. 2) If, in fact it is an international norm that territory can't be acquired by war, then we would expect the UN to condemn and require return of the territory in ALL cases. But between 1949 and 1975 there were at least 20 cases in which territory was acquired and kept by war. Only about 1/4 of them were condemned (that's including the Israeli case), and only in Israel's case was it demanded that the territory be returned. Lastly the fourth Geneva convention deals with the definition and treatment of protected persons in occupied territory. It says not a word about acquisition of title to territory.

    from the article: Just 0.7% of state land in the West Bank has been allocated to Palestinians, Israel admits
    First published 12:00 28.03.13 | Last updated 01:12 28.03.13
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