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Saturday, July 19, 2003

Knesset Resolution!

I think I'm rather up on the news about Israel, but I had no idea that on Tuesday, 7.15, Israel's Knesset voted 26-8 in favor of a resolution that read, in part:

"The territories of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza are not occupied territories neither from a historic standpoint, nor from that of international law, and not according to the agreements signed by the State of Israel... The Knesset strengthens the hands of the residents of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, and calls upon the government to continue to develop the communities."

An editorial by Ryan Jones at Jerusalem Newswire does a beautiful job of explaining the Israeli understanding that it has a right (which it is willing to forfeit) to control Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and supporting that position in terms of international law.

Read the well-named, well-thought-out, and well-written "Crux of the conflict" in its entirety. And memorize it.