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Lords of the Land: The War Over Israel's Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007 Paperback – June 9, 2009
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Particularly interesting are the sections regarding the legal mechanisms that have been used over the years for the purpose of settlers aquiring land such as the earlier attempt in the Beth El case to cloke settlements as a "security" consideration to the more sophistacted attempts to turn land in the West Bank into "state land" and ultimately then land for the settlers.
Anyone who cares about peace between Israelis and Palestinian and a two-state solution ought to read this book. Anyone who may naively have thought the settlers were brave Zionist pioneers are likely to be disappointed - if anything, the settlers represent the very opposite - a distortion of Zionism.
Perhaps she should have read the footnotes of this excellent book, or just searched for the terms "prohibition on settlement of occupied territory" to see a comprehensive discussion of this question from a legal perspective.
Obviously many other people (not only the previous reviewer) may somehow fail to understand that the prohibition on settlement on occupied territory was designed specifically to prevent projects like the Nazi plans for Poland, in which large numbers of civilians were transferred to establish agricultural colonies in various areas. The prohibition is absolute and non-derogable (which means that a country can't opt out of it under certain conditions).
As such, the (il)legality of the settlements under international law is almost universally accepted, with the exception of a VERY small number of scholars seeking to justify this blatant breach of international humanitarian law (the law of war). This excellent book shows how the settlement movement has not only violated international humanitarian law, but also Israeli domestic law (see, for example, the Israeli Supreme Court decision ruling that settlements built on the land of the Palestinian village of Belin were illegal since they were built on land stolen from private owners, yet still allowing the Israeli settlers who broke into the unfinished buildings to remain in the homes).
An excellent, well-researched, and highly relevant book.
Their thesis is simple. Religious Zionist settlers have been engaged in the illegal activity of settling Gaza, the West Bank, or Judah and Samaria in their parlance, almost immediately after the capture of the territories after the war. And nearly everyone in Israeli society, but particularly its various governments, both left and right, has been complicit in the illegal takeover of Palestinian lands.
The author's see the motivation of this as multifaceted. The first is ineptitude. The Labor Party had no clear policy on the captured territories after the war, and were guided by nostalgia and muddled thinking regarding religious Zionist settlement. The right wing under Begin were supposed to be more lenient toward the settlement movement, but when it came time for negotiations with Egypt, did not have qualms about removing settlements in the Sinai, as Sharon would have little qualms doing the same in Gaza in 2006. The settlement movement found itself outside the mainstream of Israeli politics, a place it enjoyed. From their, they could act with impunity.
And through it all, the settlement movement maintained its steadfast commitment to more illegal settlements and outposts, threatening not only the peace process, but Israel's democratic structures.
The authors go out of their way to show the settlers, and their movement, in the most unflattering light. With their messianic zeal and uncompromising positions, their view, in the author's eyes, of the dream of Israel's destiny is one more shabby mobile home atop the Hebron Hills. Is this really how the dream of Greater Israel has manifested itself?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hoping for a neutral view of the situation, as a colleague had suggested I'd find here. Instead, it was clear from the preface that this was a one-sided view of the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by G. Brown
This book gets at some of the important issues in the debate over settlement in the West Bank, but I felt that the authors were too one-sided. Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by Scout
The book is fine; if it were to admit to its own bias. If this were labeled as a politically opinionated book it would get a passing grade (not that I was THAT impressed with it)... Read morePublished on February 9, 2010 by Christa Rosenberg
This book is, from the get-go, a cheap shot at Israel and the settlements. The author doesn't even attempt to provide a fair and balanced view of the issue. Read morePublished on February 9, 2010 by David M. Rosenberg
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Review of LORDS OF THE LAND: THE WAR OVER ISRAEL'S SETTLEMENTS IN THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES, 1967-2007
by Moshe Dann
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