"After having considered the terms of reference set out in the
Commission´s mandate, and in light of what we have heard, as well as
the considerable body of material presented to us by a wide range of
bodies, our conclusions and recommendations are as follows:
"Our basic conclusion is that from the point of view of international
law, the classical laws of ´occupation´ as set out in the relevant
international conventions cannot be considered applicable to the
unique and sui generis historic and legal circumstances of Israel´s
presence in Judea and Samaria, over the course of decades.
"Therefore, according to international law, Israelis have the legal
right to settle in Judea and Samaria and the establishment of
settlements cannot, in and of itself, be considered to be illegal."
So begin the conclusions of the report of the Commission to Examine
the Status of Building in Judea and Samaria, a legal panel headed by
Supreme Court Justice (ret.) Edmund Levy.
The committee goes on to say that, "With regard to settlements
established in Judea and Samaria on state lands or on land purchased
by Israelis with the assistance of official authorities such as the
World Zionist Organization Settlements Division and the Ministry of
Housing, and which have been defined as ´unauthorized´ or ´illegal´" –
administrative blockages imposed on the planning and zoning
authorities "must be removed immediately."
Pending completion of procedures granting valid building permits, the
state "is advised to avoid carrying out demolition orders, since it
brought about the present situation by itself."
An English translation of the historic document has been made
available to the public for download in .pdf format by the
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