Israel's claim

While Israel’s plans to apply sovereignty to Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley are divisive, the Jewish state's claims must be acknowledged by Gerry Chidiac. Put simply, Israel plans to make the region Israel proper and apply Israeli law to the Jordan Valley and 30 per cent of Area C territory per the Oslo Accords of Judea and Samaria (“West Bank”) per the Trump peace plan and consistent with past U.S. peace proposals that have long understood that Israel will retain these areas in a final peace accord.

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Israel says international law enshrines its rights to these lands, while citing pressing security concerns such as the need for defensible borders and biblical, historical and political connections to the land. Importantly, a nation cannot “annex” land which it has sovereign claims to.
According to international law, these lands were promised to the Jewish people in the San Remo Resolution in 1920, which led to the establishment in British-mandate Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people. Since 1948, Israeli governments have based the Jewish state’s legal rights on the League of Nations mandate, reaffirmed in 1922 by the League’s 51 principle powers which recognized the Jewish people’s historical and legal rights to reconstitute its national home in Palestine.
Mike Fegelman
Toronto

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