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Research Paper
Published online: November 30, 2010

International Legal Issues of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: An Israeli Lawyer's Position

Robbie Sabel
Hebrew University, Israel
107 Yasmin St., Mevasseret 90805 Israel
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The Jews and Palestinians are entitled to self-determination in the historical area of Palestine. An Arab state, the Kingdom of Jordan, has been established in Eastern Palestine and a Jewish state, Israel, in part of Western Palestine. The status of the intermediate area, known as the West Bank is as yet undetermined. It was part of Palestine which the League of Nations destined for a Jewish national home, since, however, the majority of the population of the West Bank are Palestinian Arabs, who are entitled to a right of self-determination, Israel will have to relinquish its claims to this area. The Palestinians for their part will have to accept the Jewish right of self-determination in the state of Israel. Among the issues that will need to be negotiated between the parties are borders, the status of Jerusalem, security arrangements, refugees, settlements and water issues.

Keywords : Jewish People, Palestinian People, Self-Determination, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Refugees

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