This week as the Palestinian Authority makes it bid for ‘statehood’ through the UN General Assembly, let us look at the legality and legitimacy of Israel’s right to Judea and Samaria (Israel Proper included). In a CBN news segment, the San Remo Conference is covered in a short 4 minute video.
Recently Jews and Christians met at the historic villa to commemorate the actions of the victors of WWI in establishing a permanent homeland for world Jewry. By the time of its signing in July 1922, by the League of Nations the original mandate territory was already reduced by 75% and the Jews accepted the remaining 25% as their homeland. Thus the Jewish people had rights to all the land west of the Jordan River and were prohibited from settling in what became modern Jordan. The land in question was not the ARAB’S to loose but had been under the Ottoman Empire. It was controlled by the Turks who were allied with Germany in the war (see map). Another important note made in the CBN segment was that in the transition from the League of Nations to the UN, all prior agreements with regard to the mandates must be upheld.
One interesting note is that in the current situation some of the original European countries who signed onto the San Remo agreement are poised to break that commitment by siding with the PA’s bid for statehood.
One key comment in this video is the “reconstituting of a national home” for the Jewish people. This recognizes the HISTORICAL RIGHTS of the Jews to the land. One could also replace that word with “BIBLICAL” rights. Quoting from the Executive Summary atEC4I:
Israel's legal rights - 1920 San Remo and the 1919 Faisal Weizmann agreement
Thus, in a word, the primary foundations in international law for the claim based on “historic rights” "ancestral rights" "indigenous rights" or “historic title” of the Jewish people in respect of Palestine aka Israel are the San Remo decisions of April 1920,(Israel's Magna Carta) adopted as the Mandate for Palestine of July 1922, adopted and approved by the Council of the League of Nations and bearing the signatures of that international treaty by the Principal Allied Powers in July 1922, and the Covenant of the League of Nations itself (Art. 22). The rights thereby granted to the Jewish people (with the exception of the provisions of Article 25 of the Mandate, relating to Trans-Jordan which is a violation of international treaties) were aimed at the establishment of a Jewish national home throughout Palestine with no exceptions. These rights have never been rescinded. The UN resolutions are only a recommendations and since the Arabs rejected the UN partition Res 181 in 1947, there is no mutual agreement and acceptance by both parties, the partition is null and void, it never took affect. There is an agreement between the Arabs and Jews executed and signed by King Faisal and Chaim Weizmann in January 3, 1919 which has never been rescinded and must be considered as a valid agreement.
The Weizmann-Faisal Agreement
(January 3, 1919)
His Royal Highness the Emir FAISAL, representing and acting on behalf of the Arab Kingdom of HEJAZ, AND Dr. Chaim Weizmann, representing and acting on behalf of the Zionist Organization, mindful of the racial kinship and ancient bonds existing between the Arabs and the Jewish people, and realising that the surest means of working out the consummation of their national aspirations, is through the closest possible collaboration in the development of the Arab State and Palestine, and being desirous further of confirming the good understanding which exists between them, have agreed upon the following articles:
The Arab State and Palestine in all their relations and undertakings shall be controlled by the most cordial goodwill and understanding and to this end Arab and Jewish duly accredited agents shall be established and maintained in their respective territories.
Immediately following the completion of deliberations of the Peace Conference, the definite boundaries between the Arab State and Palestine shall be determined by a commission to be agreed upon by the parties hereto.
In the establishment of the Constitution and Administration of Palestine all such measures shall be adopted as will afford the fullest guarantees for carrying into effect the British Government’s Declaration of the 2nd of November, 1917 (Balfour Declaration-SEH).
All necessary measures will be taken to encourage and stimulate immigration of Jews into Palestine on a large scale, and as quickly as possible to settle Jewish immigrants upon the land through closer settlement and intensive cultivation of the soil. In taking such measures the Arab peasants and tenant farmers shall be protected in their rights, and shall be assisted in forwarding their economic development.
No regulation or law shall be made prohibiting or interfering in any way with the free exercise of religion; and further the free exercise and expression of religious profession and worship without discrimination or preference shall for ever be allowed. No religious test shall ever be required for the exercise of civil or religious rights.
The Mohammedan Holy Places shall be under Mohammedan control.
The Zionist Organization proposes to send to Palestine a Commission of experts to make a survey of the economic possibilities of the country, and to report upon the best means for its development. The Zionist Organization will place the aforementioned Commission at the disposal of the Arab State for the purpose of a survey of the economic possibilities of the Arab State and to report on the best means for its development. The Zionist Organization will use its best efforts to assist the Arab State in providing the means for developing the natural resources and economic possibilities thereof.
The parties hereto agree to act in complete accord and harmony in all matters embraced herein before the Peace Congress.
Any matters of dispute which may arise between the contracting parties shall be referred to the British Government for arbitration.
Given under our hand at LONDON, ENGLAND, the Third DAY OF January, one thousand Nine Hundred and Nineteen.
Provided the Arabs obtain their independence as demanded in my Memorandum dated the 4th of January, 1919, to the Foreign Office of the Government of Great Britain, I shall concur in the above articles. But if the slightest modification or departure were to be made. I shall not then be bound by a single word of the present Agreement which shall be deemed void and of no account or validity, and I shall not be answerable in any way whatsoever.
FAISAL IBN HUSAIN
The world is a different place than 90 years ago. If the same events were to have taken place today, the Jews would be still be wondering among the nations. The sentiment of nations is to lie in in the falsehoods of the nations that cannot tolerate to have a Jewish state in their neighborhood. As we embrace the reality of the Lord’s hand in dealing with the seed of Jacob, we can appreciate his sense of timing. This week the world will have a referendum to side with Israel’s enemies or with Israel. Choose wisely.
John Paul is is an Associate Editor for Voice of Revolution, overseeing Jewish Issues.