A Trilogy of Essays About the Circumstances of Israel: 2016

Stephen Kruger


June 1, 2016

Essay 1: “The Two-State ‘Solution’: Self-Defeat 101”

Only Israel negotiates its territorial national interests. China does not (e.g., Taiwan). Russia does not (e.g., Chechnia). The United States does not (e.g., the Confederacy).

There is no “principle” of “international law” under which Israel may not annex lands conquered by it in the Arab-Israeli War (1967). Were there that “principle”, it would have been applied to prohibit the annexation by Jordan, in the War for Independence (1948–1949), of part of Jerusalem, and of Judea and Samaria. It was not.

Israel should defend its territorial integrity, as does every other country.

Essay 2: “The Battered Partner”

Mahmoud Abbas stated, in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly (9/25/2015), that the Oslo Accords are dead. The statement should be accepted by Israel, and acted on by Israel. Among the actions by Israel should be the declaration that the “Palestinian Authority”, which arose from the Oslo Accords, is dead.

Essay 3: “Trump, Kahane, and Free Speech”

Rabbi Meir Kahane was prevented from running for election to the 12th Knesset (election held in 1988). The ground was that his campaign rhetoric was an incitement to racism.

In Israel, the European standard of relative free speech is the legal norm. If the American standard of almost-absolute free speech, as provided in the Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, were the legal norm in Israel, Rabbi Kahane could not have been muzzled by the Israeli political oligarchy and the Israel Supreme Court.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: Aza, Esther, Gaza, international community, international law, judenfrei, judenrein, Kurdistan, Sanhedrin, two-state solution

JEL Classification: K33

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Date posted: August 13, 2009 ; Last revised: June 2, 2016

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Kruger, Stephen, A Trilogy of Essays About the Circumstances of Israel: 2016 (June 1, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1447577 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1447577

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