LEGITIMACY OF ISRAEL LIVING IN WEST BANK AND JERUSALEM:
Israeli settlements are civilian communities inhabited by Israeli citizens,almost exclusively of Jewish ethnicity. It currently exists in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinians as it’s Sovereign territory, and in the Golan heights, widely viewed as Syrians territory. Recently, there are 144 Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including 12 in East Jerusalem with an additional 220000 Jewish settlers residing in East Jerusalem and over 25000 Israeli settlers live in the Golan heights.
Israeli settlements had previously been built within the Egyptian territory of the Sinai Peninsula, and within the Palestinian territory of the Gaza strip; however, Israel evacuated and dismantled the 18 Sinai settlements following the 1979 Egypt- Israel peace agreement and all of the 21 settlements in the Gaza strip, along with four in the West Bank as part of it’s unilateral disengagement from Gaza.
Israel’s Rights On Building Settlements In West Bank And Jerusalem
Furthermore, Israel has established Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and in the Israeli occupied portion of the Golan heights, both of which Israel has effectively and impressively annexed. It is worthy to note that all branches of the Israeli government are located in Jerusalem, including the Knesset ( Israel’s parliament), the residences of the prime minister( Beit Aghion) and the President ( Beit Hanassi), and the supreme court. More so,according to the Holy Bible, king David conquered Jerusalem from the jebusites and established it as the capital of the United Kingdom of Israel, and his son, king Solomon commissioned the building of the first temple in retrospect. Modern scholars argue that Jews branched out of the Canaanite people and culture through the development of a distinct monolatrous and monotheistic religion centered on Yahweh.
These foundational events, straddling the dawn of the 1st millennium BCE, assumed central symbolic importance for the Jewish people. In addition, one of Israel’s basic laws, the 1980 Jerusalem law, refers to Jerusalem as the country’s undivided capital amidst any illegal accusations of being a Palestinian territory occupied by israel. The Israelis should therefore endeavor to annex their settlements in Jerusalem as it is rightfully theirs, despite any equivocal