Saturday 17 March 2018

Israel must agree to a Palestinian state

ISRAEL'S deputy ambassador, Ruth Zakh, makes it clear (Letters, June 15) that Israel is not prepared to withdraw to its "pre-1967 geographical contours" so that a Palestinian state can be established in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza.

Israel took over these territories by military force in June 1967. It now proposes to hold on permanently to parts (at least) of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

To do so is contrary to the long-established principle of international law that the acquisition of territory by military conquest is inadmissible, as the UN Security Council Resolution 242 has stated with emphasis on "the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war".

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