Saturday, May 26, 2007

Unsettling history post 6-Day War

At the end of the pre-emptive Six Day War, a senior legal adviser for Israel cautioned the government in writing that any new expansion or settlements would violate international law. That secret memo, long ignored, makes headlines in todays's London Independent, and Judge Theodor Meron, a holocaust survivor, still stands by his advice to the cabinet. Settlement, he concluded, would directly conflict with the Hague and Geneva conventions governing the conduct of occupying powers.
The road forward for Israelis has been anything but straightforward, according to Jerusalem-based journalist Donald Macintyre's take on the past 40 years since that victory.

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