WHY ISRAEL HATES INTERNATIONAL LAW

We didn’t want to establish a mechanism for conflict resolution by a third party, because when there’s a strong versus a weak partner, the third party tends to take the side of the weak.

– Joel Singer, Legal Advisor to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, who helped formulate the Oslo Accords (1996)

Source: Lev G. Grinberg, Politics and Violence in Israel/Palestine: Democracy Versus Military Rule (Abingdon: 2010), p. 96.

On the matter of borders, the entire world is with the Palestinians and not with us.

– Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak (2003)

Source: ‘Ehud Barak on Camp David: “I Did Not Give Away a Thing” , Journal of Palestine Studies 33.1 (2003), p. 86.

[PLO negotiator]: International law?

[Tzipi Livni]: NO. I was the Minister of Justice. I am a lawyer . . . But I am against law – international law in particular.

– Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, during negotiations ahead of the Annapolis Summit (2007)

Source: ‘Minutes from 8th Negotiation Team Meeting‘, Palestine Papers (13 November 2007). I am grateful to Norman G. Finkelstein for this reference.

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