Amb. Alan Baker

Amb. Alan Baker, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, participated in the negotiation and drafting of the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, as well as agreements and peace treaties with Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. He served as legal adviser and deputy director-general of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Israel's ambassador to Canada.

Publications by Amb. Alan Baker

The Latest Hamas-Israel Confrontation — Some Pertinent Legal Points

The terrorist actions by Hamas are violations of international humanitarian law.  International law recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself,  Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas’ Latest ICC Bluff

To accept the Palestinians as a state would be a grave legal mistake by the ICC prosecutor.  Read More »

Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community

The lengthy and continuing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has evolved, over the years, through various phases or cycles of terror on the one hand, and attempts at peace-making on the other.   Read More »

The Hamas-Fatah Accord: A Legal Perspective

Hamas – and not just the Palestinian government – must accept Israel.  Read More »

Palestinian Deception and the Unwarranted Trust of the West: The Case of Palestinian Accession to International Conventions

The hurried acceptance of the Palestinian applications by the UN is a serious violations of international law.   Read More »

Palestinian Manipulation of the International Community

The lengthy and continuing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has evolved, over the years, through various phases or cycles of terror on the one hand, and attempts at peace-making on the other.  Read More »

Changing the Historical Narrative: Saeb Erekat’s New Spin

The Palestinians have not lived in the country for generations, but rather are immigrants who arrived relatively recently.  Read More »

Arafat and the Jewish State: Setting the Record Straight

To say that Arafat recognized Israel as the Jewish state is a clear distortion of the historical record.   Read More »

Ten Fundamental Facts Underlying the Peace Process

There is no such thing as the “Palestinian territories.”   Read More »

Frustration and Disgust: International Inaction over Syria

It is questionable whether or not the U.S. and the international community will ultimately punish Syria for the indiscriminate and criminal use of chemical weapons against its own civilian population. Whatever they decide to do, one striking fact nevertheless stands […]  Read More »

The European Union – Hypocrisy, Hostility and Blatant Prejudice

The unprecedented and hostile EU fixation with Israel and its settlements is based on deliberately misleading and flawed legal and political assumptions.  Read More »

Conflict Resolution through Cultural Diplomacy in the Middle East

Peace cannot emanate only from documents signed by leaders alone, but from mutual good faith and credibility among the peoples for whom the agreements are signed.  Read More »

Is Jerusalem Really Negotiable? An Analysis of Jerusalem’s Place in the Peace Process

Biased, Prejudiced, and Unprofessional: The UN Human Rights Council Fact-Finding Mission Report on Israeli Settlements

A UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission on Israeli settlements showed blatant bias, lack of objectivity and unprofessional conduct.  Read More »

Is Jerusalem Really Negotiable?

Why has a resolution of the Jerusalem question defied all past negotiators? This study analyzes the various proposals for solving the issue of Jerusalem.
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The Legal Basis of Israel’s Rights in the Disputed Territories

The oft-used term “occupied Palestinian territories” is totally inaccurate and false. The territories are neither occupied nor Palestinian.  Read More »

The Palestinian UN Upgrade: Setting Things Straight

The UN upgrade resolution has neither created a Palestinian state, nor did it grant any kind of statehood to the Palestinians.  Read More »

Changing Forms of Incitement to Terror and Violence:
The Need for a New International Response

Incitement is the medium through which the ideology of terror materializes into the act of terror.  Read More »

Palestinian Incitement as a Violation of International Legal Norms

Incitement to Terror: Introduction

Sinai, the New Egypt, and the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty

The challenge posed by the evolving character of Sinai should be handled within the context of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty.  Read More »

Draft International Convention for the Prevention of Incitement to Terror

Incitement has become one of the major tactical weapons in the arsenal of certain governments terror organizations and societies in advocating terror, violence and hatred.  Read More »

The Settlements Issue: Distorting the Geneva Convention and the Oslo Accords

Manipulation and Deception: The Anti-Israel “BDS” Campaign (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions)

The BDS movement is composed of a small number of well-financed activists encouraged by senior Palestinian figures.  Read More »

Israel’s Rights as a Nation-State in International Diplomacy

This book explains clearly why the Jewish people deserve a state of their own and refutes all the major claims against Israel’s rights.  Read More »

Amb. Alan Baker on the Problem of Palestinian Incitement To Violence

 One of the major obstacles to peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict is the incitement to violence, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic indoctrination that is so pervasive in all levels of Palestinian society. Officially-sanctioned and encouraged incitement against Israel and against Jews inevitably […]  Read More »

A Blast from the Past: The Upcoming Durban III Conference (September 2011)

A further attempt to re-legitimize the 2001 Durban Conference against Racism, which became an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hate-fest, will take the form of a ten-year anniversary commemoration of the conference at the UN in New York on 22 September 2011. This event will coincide with the Palestinian attempt to have the UN recognize and accept a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, in violation of the peace negotiation process. This juncture of events confirms the interconnection between the Durban process and the ongoing international campaign to delegitimize Israel.   Read More »

The Gaza Flotillas to Come: Some Ground Rules before Setting Out

There is no humanitarian emergency among the civilian population in Gaza, and hence there can be no justification for conveying emergency shipments intended to alleviate an emergency that clearly does not exist. Provoking a confrontation with Israel continues to be the primary aim of flotilla organizers like the Turkish IHH.  Read More »

The Palestinian UN Gamble – Irresponsible and Ill-Advised

The Palestinian leadership has announced its intention to abandon the negotiation process and to unilaterally seek a UN resolution that will impose a solution upon Israel. Such a resolution would void the very basis of the peace process, undermine the legal existence of the Palestinian Authority, and render meaningless the signatures of the major powers as witnesses to previous agreements.  Read More »

Palestinian Incitement as a Violation of International Legal Norms

Officially-sanctioned incitement against Israel and against Jews has become a central theme in all spheres of Palestinian society.  Read More »

The Settlements Issue: Distorting the Geneva Convention and the Oslo Accords

The Fourth Geneva Convention was never intended to refer to situations like Israel’s settlements.   Read More »

The Fallacy of the “1967 Borders” – No Such Borders Ever Existed

The “1967 borders” do not exist and have no basis in history, law, or fact.  Read More »

Recognition of a Palestinian State – Premature, Legally Invalid, and Undermining any Bona Fide Negotiation Process

The acts of recognition of a Palestinian state in 1967 borders by Brazil, Argentina, and possibly other Latin American states have no significance other than as a political expression of opinion.
The unceasing efforts among states by the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to attain recognition of unilateral statehood within the 1967 borders and thereby bypass the accepted negotiation process, runs counter to their commitments in their agreements with Israel, as witnessed and guaranteed by  Read More »

Reasons Not to Join the International Criminal Court in The Hague

There has been talk recently about the possibility of Israel joining the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Unfortunately taking such a step could harm Israel more than benefit it.   Read More »

A Paradox of Peacemaking: How Fayyad’s Unilateral Statehood Plan Undermines the Legal Foundations of Israeli-Palestinian Diplomacy

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad published a plan in August 2009 to unilaterally declare statehood after a two-year state-building process. However, any unilateral action that undermines the existing Oslo interim framework could jeopardize the peace process and remove the basis for the existence of the Palestinian Authority.  Read More »