´NYT´: Levy report a potential disaster for peace (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 07/12/12)
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"Palestinian hopes for an independent state are growing dimmer all
the time. Israel is pushing ahead with new settlements in the West
Bank, and now comes a potentially disastrous blow" The New York Times
wrote in an editorial published in the paper on Wednesday.
editorial referred to the "Levy Report," a report co-authored by
retired Supreme Court justice Edmund Levy on legal issues regarding
West Bank settlements, as "bad law, bad policy and bad politics."
The editorial was extremely troubled that the report stated
Israel´s presence in the West Bank is "not occupation. The commission
endorsed the state’s legal right to settle there and recommended that
the state approve scores of new Israeli settlements. It proposed
stripping the military of its authority to force settlers off land
claimed by Palestinians."
"Most of the world views the West
Bank, which was taken by Israel
from Jordan in the 1967 war, as occupied territory and all Israeli
construction there as a violation of international law," states the
editorial, noting that "the world court ruled this way in 2004, the
Fourth Geneva Convention bars occupying powers from settling their
own populations in occupied lands. And UN resolution 242, a core of
Middle East policy," calls for Israeli withdrawals from the West
The Times points out that the report´s
recommendations "would annul a
number of past Israeli Supreme Court rulings and orders, including a
1979 decision forbidding the expropriation of land for ´military
needs´ when the real goal is settlement construction."
negative consequences of adopting the report for Israel could be
significant, including diverting "attention from Iran just when the
world is bearing down with sanctions" to stop Iran´s alleged nuclear
weapons program.. the Times purports.
Adopting the report
would "also draw attention to a dispiriting
anomaly: that a state founded as a democratic homeland for the Jewish
people is determined to continue ruling 2.5 million Palestinians
under an unequal system."
Th editorial concludes by praising the
US State Department´s
criticism of the report and cautioning Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu that with Kadima and a larger, less right-wing coalition,
he no longer has "excuses" to stop his "counterproductive settlement
policy" and for failing to advance a peace agreement with the
Palestinians. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 07/12/12)
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