Letters to the Editor: May 29

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Acknowledging Sovereignty Is Not Annexation

Repeating the word annexation a thousand times even by the Israeli ambassador does not make it so. (“Annexation is a Mistake,” May 15).

The Jewish people were given sovereignty to Judea and Samaria at the 1920 San Remo Conference, which incorporated the Balfour Declaration. The League of Nations ratified this status in Article 22. The United Nations Charter in Article 80 requires its member states, which includes every member of the EU as well the U.S., to honor these past agreements, which declare the Jewish peoples’ sovereign right to Judea and Samaria.

The Israeli government will simply be restoring the Jewish peoples’ acknowledged
sovereignty to Judea and Samaria as the above listed international agreements and documents support. Neither Jordan nor any other Arab entity has such a legitimate claim to sovereignty of this land. “Annexation” has nothing to do with it, no matter how often the word is repeated and by whom.

For all the above mentioned historical reasons, Eugene Rostow, former U.S. under
secretary of state (1965-1969) and dean of Yale Law School (1955-1965), in a letter to the editor to the New York Times published on Sept. 19, 1983, declared Israel’s right to the
settlements “unassailable.”

Richard Sherman
Margate, Florida

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