Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Armistice lines are NOT "borders"

From a letter to the Jerusalem Post , 25 Dec 2012, by CYRIL ATKINS, Beit Shemesh:

...the insistence by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and EU foreign police head Catherine Ashton, as well as most of the world’s governments, that the 1949 armistice line between Israel and Jordan was a “border” is beyond comprehension. They know full well that it was not...

The international agreement on the armistice lines after Israel’s War of Independence says:
“The Armistice Demarcation Lines defined in articles V and VI of this Agreement are agreed upon by the Parties without prejudice to future territorial settlements or boundary lines or to claims of either Party relating thereto.”

It is for this reason that UN Security Council Resolution 242 did not call for a full withdrawal from all the territories that Israel captured in the Six Day War. The 1949 lines were no longer to be a reference point for a future peace process.

Armistice lines are immaterial in international law in terms of land rights and final status agreements...
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