Dec. 17, 2015
‘You have great lawyers in Israel. You have to present your side of the argument,’ Luis Moreno Ocampo says during visit to Jerusalem
Ex-International Criminal Court prosecutor hailed an Israeli report on the legality of West Bank settlements. Fresh quotes from Luis Moreno-Ocampo and context at the Times of Israel.
Earlier this month, the Foreign Ministry, under the directive of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, published a report arguing that Israel has “valid property claims” to West Bank territory, as “Jewish affinity” with the region dates back thousands of years. The document, authored by the ministry’s legal adviser, also seeks to refute the claim that settlements violate the Geneva Conventions and thus constitute a war crime. The effort to portray Jewish settlements in the West Bank as illegal “ignores the complexity of this issue, the history of the land, and the unique legal circumstances of this case,” the report concludes.