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Israel’s conditions of existence: time for review?

Prawer Bill prompts calls to re-visit human rights clauses of UNGA Resolution 181:

Is Israel in breach of legal conditions?
Is it time to call for a Review?

Washington now says that the West Bank settlements are “illegitimate”. No doubt they figure this is a softer term than “illegal”. But for Israel, legality and legitimacy are closely tied together. And that is because it came into being in 1948 as a consequence of a UN resolution. Membership of the UN followed within months, in January 1949, when Israel’s top diplomats argued that  the UN would lose its authority if it helped to create a country but then refused to give it membership. (more…)