The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law

by Maskil on 4 Dec 2008

I’ve always had a strong interest in the process and instruments which led to the creation and determined the borders of Mandatory Palestine, and eventually the State of Israel. I was therefore pleased to see that a new book, “The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law” by attorney Howard Grief (an “Authority on the Mandate for Palestine”) was recently published. (I’m saying “new”, but the book appears to have its roots in the paper “Legal Rights and Title of Sovereignty of the Jewish People To The Land Of Israel And Palestine Under International Law”, published by the Ariel Center for Policy Research in 2003.)

It is of vital importance that we all be aware of – and familiar with the outlines of – the historical, legal and moral case for the establishment of a Jewish polity in Palestine. The balancing act we are now called on to perform is how to “reserve our rights” when it comes to this claim, while at the same time recognising the demographic, diplomatic and political realities on the ground, and the need to deal justly with those who now choose to identify themselves as Palestinians.

While I haven’t been able to review the volume (the USD49 price tag is an issue in these troubled economic times), by all accounts it is unquestionably a valuable addition to the bookshelf of Israel advocacy.

The book is available direct from the publishers, or from major online retailers such as

The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law

If your budget for book purchases is exhausted, you can still read the 2003 policy paper here.

A hat tip to Salomon Benzimra from the Think-Israel site (via a comment left on another site.)

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