The fact that Israel has solid legal grounds in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem is at the core of our campaign.
Our goal is to promote a change in the current situation so that the government of Israel speaks in one voice, providing consistent messages to the Israeli public and the international community about those legal grounds – and then follows by adjusting policies so that they reflect those rights.
Israel has been timid about doing this for too long, and the messages received by the Israeli electorate and the international community remain confused. A poll indicates that many Israelis don’t even understand what Israel’s legal grounds are. This entire situation weakens Israel critically. Israel is forever responding defensively instead of coming forth assertively.
We are currently working within the Knesset, encouraging members of the Knesset to take a stand on the issue of Israel’s legal rights by making appropriate statements and otherwise working with our campaign. We do hope to follow this work with outreach to the larger Israeli community.
The Legal Grounds
The irrefutable evidence for Israel’s legal rights in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem is vast and broad-based.
There is historical evidence, including the fact of an unbroken Jewish presence in the land for 3,500 years, well documented via archeology. Jews are the indigenous people in Israel.
There are decisions and documents grounded in international law, such as the Mandate for Palestine and certain United Nations Security Council Decisions.
There are court findings and assessments by lawyers and academics who are experts in international law and Israeli law. The question of a nation’s right to retain land secured in a defensive war has been examined.
A great deal of writing has been done, as well, to refute the fallacious charges that Israel is an “occupier” in Judea and Samaria, and Jerusalem beyond the Green Line, and that the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to Israel’s situation. Additionally, there has been consideration of the inequitable standards applied to Israel as compared to the standards by which the other nations of the world are judged.
On this website we provide a cross-section of writings and statements that apply to the various issues. You can find material under “Relevant Articles” here.
The Levy Report
Our campaign for promoting Israel’s legal rights has drawn heavily on the Levy Report.
The Report is not an original work that forges new concepts, but rather a broad assessment by three legal experts – including a former Justice of the High Court and a lawyer with expertise in international law – of existing data and documentation, as carefully considered over a period of intensive research. The conclusions it draws are of considerable value to our campaign because it pulls together the evidence and provides one document that can be effectively utilized and promoted. What is more, it provides recommendations based on its conclusions that are valuable as the fight for the legal rights of Israeli citizens living in Judea and Samaria is fought.
In the end, it is not the Report itself as a document that is important so much as the principles it espouses.
We do not believe it is necessary to secure official adoption by the government of the Levy Report at this point. What we are seeking is unofficial acceptance of its findings and principles.
You will find a good deal of information about the Levy Report on this website.