A legal right and a moral imperative

Israel holds legal title to all land that is not privately owned in Judea and Samaria.

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September 16, 2014 13:21
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Gvaot

The ‘state lands’ of Gvaot in the Etzion Bloc. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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 IN INTERNATIONAL diplomatic parlance it is customary to term the areas of Judea and Samaria “occupied territories.”

Few people bother to ask the obvious follow-up question: Occupied from whom? Ever since 1967, the term has been used as a knee-jerk mantra to excoriate Israel. Its recent designation of 4,000 dunams (1,000 acres) as “state land” to pave the way for a new city to be called Gvaot has sparked yet another worldwide chorus of denunciation and rebuke. The criticism, however, bears little relation to legal and historical realities.

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