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

Filed under: International Law, Israeli Security, Peace Process, The Middle East

A concerted campaign is being waged against Israel to question its very legitimacy in virtually every aspect of its historical, political, and cultural life, with the aim of undermining the very foundations of Israel’s existence. In response, several world-renowned experts have joined to present an authoritative exposition of Israel’s Rights as a Nation-State in International Diplomacy, edited by Alan Baker, former legal counsel of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and former ambassador to Canada, and published jointly by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and the World Jewish Congress. This book explains clearly why the Jewish people deserve a state of their own and refutes all the major claims against Israel’s rights.

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Introduction and Overview 
Amb. Alan Baker

The National Rights of Jews
Prof. Ruth Gavison

“An Overwhelmingly Jewish State” – From the Balfour
Declaration to the Palestine Mandate

Sir Martin Gilbert

Self-Determination and Israel’s Declaration of

Prof. Shlomo Avineri

The United Nations and Middle East Refugees: The Differential Treatment of Arabs and Jews
Dr. Stanley A. Urman

Israel’s Rights Regarding Territories and the Settlements
in the Eyes of the International Community

Amb. Alan Baker

The Historical and Legal Contexts of Israel’s

Prof. Nicholas Rostow

The Misleading Interpretation of Security Council
Resolution 242 (1967)

Prof. Ruth Lapidoth

Defending Israel’s Legal Rights to

Amb. Dore Gold

Palestinian Unilateralism and Israel’s Rights in
Arab-Israeli Diplomacy

Dan Diker

Is the Gaza Strip Occupied by

Col. (ret.) Pnina Sharvit-Baruch

The Violation of Israel’s Right to Sovereign Equality in
the United Nations

Amb. Alan Baker

Countering Challenges to Israel’s

Prof. Alan M. Dershowitz


About the Authors

• Prof. Ruth Gavison, Professor (emerita) of Human Rights at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and recipient of the Israel Prize in Law

• Sir Martin Gilbert, world-renowned British historian and author, Winston Churchill’s official biographer

• Prof. Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University and former Director-General of the Israel Foreign Ministry, Israel Prize recipient

• Dr. Stanley A. Urman, Executive Director of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC)

• Amb. Alan Baker, former legal counsel of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and former ambassador to Canada

• Prof. Nicholas Rostow, senior director of the U.S. National Defense University’s Center for Strategic Research

• Prof. Ruth Lapidoth, former legal adviser to Israel’s Foreign Ministry and member of Israel’s negotiating team, Israel Prize recipient

• Amb. Dore Gold, former ambassador to the United Nations and President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

• Dan Diker, Secretary-General of the World Jewish Congress and Adjunct Fellow of the Hudson Institute in Washington

• Col. (ret.) Pnina Sharvit-Baruch, former head of the IDF International Law Department who served as legal adviser to Israeli negotiating teams in 1993-2009

•Prof. Alan M. Dershowitz, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School