Israel is willing to make a sweeping concession — dividing control of Jerusalem — as part of a historic final peace pact with Palestinians, a key Cabinet member revealed yesterday.
the above is part of an article that said israeli government are willing to make concessions toward peace in the middle east. this is actually good news for the peace process because beforehand israeli wanted the jerusalem to be undivided. East Jerusalem is occupied territory that the Israelis can militarily control, but of course it is a violation of international law for them settle on or annex it.
there is a law in geneva convention that banned the annexation of occupied land
The Fourth Geneva Convention (GCIV) of 1949, emphasised an important international law. The United Nations Charter (June 26, 1945) had prohibited war of aggression (See articles 1.1, 2.3, 2.4) and GCIV Article 47, the first paragraph in Section III: Occupied territories, restricted the territorial gains which could be made through war by stating:
“Protected persons who are in occupied territory shall not be deprived, in any case or in any manner whatsoever, of the benefits of the present Convention by any change introduced, as the result of the occupation of a territory, into the institutions or government of the said territory, nor by any agreement concluded between the authorities of the occupied territories and the Occupying Power, nor by any annexation by the latter of the whole or part of the occupied territory.”
this peace treaty was brokered by the US, The Israelis would never go into peace negotiations with the Palestinians without US involvement (and really neither would the Palestinians). US involvement goes someway to alleviating Israel’s constant state of paranoid fanaticism and allows Netanyahu to use the US pressure to give his rightist supporter-base the impression that it would be much worse for Israel if it didn’t make concessions
but there is another problem on the table, that is hamas. hamas end game is not peace, but the extermination of israelis which in turn could jeopardize this peace agreement. The Palestinian National Authority or PA must be able to controlled hamas but as of now hamas and PA are in bitter relations and neither are working together. but I read news that said PA are declaring that they are willing to attack Hamas. of course this woud not happen if the negotiations of jerusalem failed. I fully agree that if Hamas didn’t exist there would be more possibilities of peace. But, it’s just that Hamas is too powerfull in Gaza
for one I know Jews and Arabs can co-exist and have a great future. Forget our human egos and just live in peace. How awesome would it be to see Arab nations and Israel work together right?
Peace is the only solution