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September 12, 2005

Ha'aretz's Legal Follies

Today's Ha'aretz editorial, entitled "Back to the border of sanity," pontificates:

Thirty-eight years after Gaza was occupied in what most of the public still believes was a war of no choice, Israel is returning the Gaza Strip to its legal owners as they are embodied by the Palestinian Authority.

The Palestinian Authority embodies the "legal owners" of the Gaza Strip? No treaty ever made the PA the sovereign or legal owners in Gaza. In fact, though the PA has been handed de facto sovereignty, its officials deny that they have sovereignty. With Israel apparently giving up its own legal claims by turning over control to the PA, together with the fact that the Egyptians never had any legal claims, there is a sovereignty vacuum which the PA will attempt to fill. If they succeed in doing so and gain international recognition, they will establish legal sovereignty.

Posted by TS at September 12, 2005 03:25 PM


This is why some of us call it al-Ha'aretz. Perhaps they should move their operations to Gaza—they already have the proper ideological slant.

Posted by: patrickafir at September 12, 2005 04:38 PM

Yeah, we have a question about that. If Israel has a signed a proclamation stating that they are giving up control of Gava, but the PA is claiming that they are not in control of Gaza, is Gaza now under the international legal definition of a no-man's land?

Posted by: Olah Chadasha at September 13, 2005 07:22 AM

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