Latest update: January 10th, 2013
Under international law, Israel was never under any binding obligation to comply with Oslo. On the contrary, the Jewish state was always legally obliged to terminate this set of asymmetrical agreements. Should Israel’s current prime minister manage to avoid similar mistakes with the present road map, Israel may still have a secure future. But should Netanyahu continue to operate on the erroneous presumption that Israel is somehow bound to honor intrinsically lawless agreements (a view, of course, strongly encouraged by Washington), the ensuing mechdal could be the country’s last. In this connection, he should also understand that his explicitly preferred requirement of Palestinian state “demilitarization” would never be heeded.
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). He was Chair of Project Daniel, and is the Strategic and Military Affairs columnist for The Jewish Press.
About the Author: Louis René Beres (Ph.D., Princeton, 1971) is professor of political science and international law at Purdue University and the author of many books and articles dealing with international relations and strategic studies.
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