Israel and Palestine: Three Questions for International Law

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Dartmouth Law Journal. Volume 9, Issue 2 (2011), p. 101-159.


This article addresses three basic questions of international law on the conflict between Israel and Palestine, namely the questions of the status of the territories taken by Israel in the 1967 war, of the real borders between Israel and Palestine, and of the Palestinian refugees' right of return. It argues that international law gives the following fairly firm answers to these questions: that the continued presence of Israel in the territories taken in 1967 is an illegal aggression, that the border between Israel and Palestine is the 1949 armistice line between Israel and Jordan and that, while the Palestinian refugees of the war of 1947-48 have a legitimate, compensable claim to have been illegally excluded from their homeland, they have no legal right to return to that homeland.

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