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Legitimacy through International Law


The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish People

The Jewish people’s legal right to the Land of Israel as its National Home, from the Mediterranean Sea to the River Jordan, emanates from an unprecedented historic claim.

The “Mandate for Palestine” granted to Great Britain by the League of Nations in 1922 following the 1920 San Remo Conference was for the explicit purpose of reconstituting a Jewish national home in the Land of Israel, thus recognizing this historic right.

Only the Jewish Nation received assurances and an international declaration to establish a State between the Mediterranean and the Jordan. The word "Arab" never appears in these decisions but neutrally as “non-Jews”. Moreover, Jordan was part of the territory of Mandate Palestine.

Events and diplomatic initiatives since then have never altered the basic facts. The Green Line was created as an armistice line between Israel and Jordan in 1949 and was never a recognized border, and was defined as such in the armistice agreements.

The armistice agreement anchored in the UN Security Council Resolution 62 of November 16, 1948 specifically expresses that the Armistice Demarcation Lines (the 'Green Line') should have no political ramifications.

In 1950, Jordan annexed Judea and Samaria but that act had no legal validity and was never recognized by the international community. The term "West Bank" adopted by the international community is, in fact, a legacy from Jordan's renaming the area as the UN's 1947 Partition Plan referred to "Judea" and "Samaria". 

The 1967 United Nations Resolution 242 did not mandate Israel’s withdrawal from all territories liberated in 1967; rather it referred to only some of the territory and thus, Israel’s obligations to withdraw were completely fulfilled by its 1979 withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula.The agreements Israel signed with the PLO after 1995 did not waive, negate or nullify any of its prior legal claims.

While Israel has not extended its sovereignty to Judea and Samaria (with the exception of the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem and the area around Latrun), thereby refraining from exercising its historic and legal rights, that decision has been based on political and diplomatic considerations, rather than legal constraint.

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