Latest update: January 10th, 2013
Today, even after the Arab world and parts of North Africa undergo far-reaching internal turmoil and political re-fashioning, Israel faces another mechdal, an omission, an instance of nonperformance, an expression of neglect with vastly more catastrophic potential. This time, perhaps, “The Concept” could produce an effective end to the Third Temple Commonwealth, a “solution” that Israel’s enemies would describe as final.
Under international law, Israel was never under any binding obligation to comply withOslo. On the contrary, the Jewish state has always been legally obliged to terminate this set of asymmetrical agreements with terrorists. Should Israel’s current prime minister manage somehow to avoid “Palestine,” Israel may still have a secure future. But, should a newly-reconciled Fatah-Hamasunity government soon give way to a genuine Palestinian state, and one that would be unambiguously militarized, Israel’s long-term survival will have become problematic.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was founded in 1964, three years before there were any “occupied territories.”
What, precisely, was the PLO seeking to “liberate?” The answer, of course, is all of Israel. Today, nothing has changed.
LOUIS RENÉ BERES was educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971), and is the author of many books and articles dealing with international relations and international law. In the United States, he has worked for over forty years on international law and nuclear strategy matters, both as a scholar, and as a lecturer/consultant to various agencies of the United States Government. In Israel, he has lectured widely at various academic centers for strategic studies, at the Dayan Forum, and at the National Defense College (IDF). Professor Beres was Chair of Project Daniel. Born in Zürich, Switzerland, he is Strategic and Military Affairs columnist for The Jewish Press.
About the Author: Louis René Beres, strategic and military affairs columnist for The Jewish Press, is professor of Political Science at Purdue University. Educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971), he lectures and publishes widely on international relations and international law and is the author of ten major books in the field. In Israel, Professor Beres was chair of Project Daniel.
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