Our Special Reports Section
The Levy Report
The Levy Report – What Is It? In January, 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appointed a committee to examine the status of Israeli building in Judea and Samaria. Edmund Levy, former Justice of the High Court, headed the committee; its other members were Alan Baker, international lawyer and former adviser for the Foreign Ministry, and Tehiya Shapira, retired Tel Aviv District Court Judge. Their Report “The Status of Building in Judea and Samaria” – was released on July 8, 2012.
It provides basic legal conclusions. Because of both historical and legal factors, the decades-long presence of Israel in Judea and Samaria is not “belligerent occupation.” Israel’s situation is unique (sui generis) and Israel has the legal right to settle in Judea and Samaria. The accusations currently being leveled by the international community against Israel as a violator of “international law” because of plans to build in eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria are countered by the Levy Report conclusions. Offers a number of important recommendations, consistent with the conclusions, regarding adjustments in Israeli policies and practices in Judea and Samaria.
These recommendations would clarify the rights of Israeli citizens living in Judea and Samaria, who currently find themselves at a serious disadvantage when conducting land transactions in Judea and Samaria: It cannot be overemphasized: The Israeli legal system default in Judea and Samaria favors Arabs claims in land transactions. [Note: in time we can add specific examples of legal situations that the recommendations address. We don’t have to have this the moment the website is up.] When the prime minister was presented with the 90-page Report, which includes legal arguments, he declared, according to one impeccable source, “This is just what we need!” But then contents of the Report were leaked, and the prime minister began to understand the political opposition it might face. He tabled the Report, which has never even been brought before the Ministerial Committee on Settlements for discussion. The full text in Hebrew was briefly on the prime minister’s website, but was removed.
For more information about the Levy Report, The Levy Report website
Dr. Soloway’s Two State Delusion Report
While the current U.S.President may or may not remain confused about the eternal, indivisible capital of Israel – JERUSALEM – Arnold Soloway, PhD, is quite clear.
Dr. Soloway was a professor at Brown University, Harvard University, and the Graduate School of Boston College. He was principal author of Truth and Peace in the Middle East and The Role of Arab Political Culture and History in the Conflict with Israel.
Click here to download The Two State Delusion PDF document and spread the word to help UCI to encourage Israeli leadership to say “No more ‘Two State’ Delusion!”