Israel, the EU, and International Law

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If the EU tries to present its cynical political calculations regarding annexations as upholding international law, there are a few things EU members need to learn.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S ometimes events provide clarifying moments. The European Union’s response to the prospect of Israel’s annexation of parts of the Jordan Valley, in which several almost entirely Jewish settlement blocs are located, is such a moment. By dressing up cynical political calculations as “the rule of law,” Europe in fact risks undermining Jewish rights and violating the very body of international law EU leaders claim to defend.

According to the EU, the lands Israel seized in 1967 are covered by the acquisition-of-force provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and therefore Israel is to be considered an occupying power of the territories with

David Wurmser is a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy. He was formerly a senior adviser to the National Security Council under President Trump, to Vice President Cheney on Near East affairs, and to then–Under Secretary John Bolton at the State Department, as well as a senior intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves.


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