Loading the Legal Dice against Israel (1)Introduction
Legally framed attacks on Israel by critics and enemies flood the world’s media with propaganda hostile to Israel. Claims that the West Bank is “occupied Palestinian territory” and that Jewish settlements are “illegal under international law” are repeated so often that they are widely and uncritically accepted as established truth.
A ‘key feature’ of these accusations is that they are conducted in a very peculiar way that does a great deal of damage to Israel. The dice are loaded against Israel by two major deceptions.
The first deception is that the allegations rely entirely on unresolved legal interpretations of international law. Yet these are misrepresented to appear as if they were settled legal certainties when they are not. Indeed, had there been legal rulings against Israel on these issues, we can be sure that they would have been widely publicized and incessantly quoted.
This subterfuge by Israel’s enemies to pass-off undecided legal claims as established legal facts has been highly successful in enlisting widespread but unwarranted public and political support against Israel and its legitimacy.
This is the subject matter of this post.
The second deception loads the dice against Israel by ignoring established legal agreements. That is, legal decisions that do exist are brushed aside and primacy is given to speculation where decisions do not exist.
Knowledge of existing legal agreements is normally considered an entirely reasonable, necessary and inevitable part of any competent and honest legal evaluation. In this case, it would also considerably strengthen Israel’s legal reputation.
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