US Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights – An International Law Perspective

By Dr. Matthijs de Blois, Senior Fellow, thinc.   Executive summary President Trump’s recent proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights has attracted much criticism. This criticism is often simplistic and unrealistic. The prohibition on the use of force to acquire territory is an important foundation of modern international law, but it does not…

Israel on Trial

How International Law is being misused to delegitimize the State of Israel In 2018, the State of Israel turned 70, but it has never been fully accepted as a member of the international community. Notwithstanding peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, conflict between Israel and some of its neighbors in the region is looming. And…

The British Mandate: Defining the Legality of Jewish Sovereignty over Judea and Samaria under International Law

“Facts are stubborn things” said John Adams, the second President of the United States. This paper debunks pervasive but false narratives that — try as they might — cannot alter the “stubborn” legal facts, history and evidence that lead to an inevitable conclusion: international law supports the legality of Jewish sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.…