Guest Editorial: Ted Belman

In the International Arena there is no Rule of Law, only the Rule of Power.

Israel’s title deeds to the land west of the Jordan R. are of no value unless she has the power to protect them

The US State Department and the UK Foreign Office ignored those rights in the thirties and forties and instead promoted the Arab cause and continued to do so after Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

I recently critiqued an interview with Prof. Jeffery Sachs by Judge Napolitano on US policy with respect to Gaza.

The Judge started out by referring to” the slaughter that was going on in Gaza”. How can he be so ignorant? It has been proven repeatedly that there is no slaughter or genocide in Gaza. Israel has the lowest kill ratio of any war previously by a factor of at least five.

Surprisingly he spoke respectfully about Ben Gvir and Smotrich.

The Saudi FM said on May 27/24:

“Israel doesn’t get to decide if the Palestinians have a right to self-determination.”

“This is something that is enshrined in the UN Charter.”

“It is something that is enshrined in international law.”

“It is also a founding principle in the UN decision to found Israel.”

The Judge called it “an accurate presentation of history,” and Sachs added, “What he said was correct.”

I got news for all of them, none of it is true. Why so?

Self determination

UN Charter Article 1 (2) establishes that “one of the main purposes of the United Nations, and thus the Security Council, is to develop friendly international relations based on respect for the “principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples”.

This is a principle only and does not guarantee the Palestinians/Arabs, the right of self-determination.

But the PLO/PA has bound itself by signing the Oslo Accords.

The Oslo Accords, Article XXX, paragraphs 7 and 8 provide:

“The two Parties view the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a single territorial unit, the integrity and status will be preserved during the interim period.


“Neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations.”

UN Charter

It does nothing more than “respect the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.”

But it does provide in Article 80 that

“Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed in or of itself to alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments to which Members of the United Nations may respectively be parties.”

This makes Jewish rights acquired previously inviolable.

This Article takes precedence over the principle above stated.

International law

Although there is no universally accepted agreement as to the content of the right to self-determination, it is agreed that, at a minimum, it entails people’s entitlement to have control over their destiny and to be treated respectfully.

The UN acts in violation of International Law while claiming to uphold it

International law and the State of Israel

Israel is the legal owner of all lands west of the Jordan R.

Israel’s rights are rooted in the Balfour Declaration, San Remo Resolution, and British Mandate, all of which gave Israel the land west of Jordan. The Arabs and many Europeans refused to accept this. They didn’t want to be bound by the law. Instead, they ignored the law and got the UN to do so.

The conspiracy to shrink Israel

Founding principle

Res 181 of the UNGA recommended a two-state solution, which also violated Israel’s right to all of it.

It did not create the state of Israel; Ben Gurion’s Declaration of Independence did.

Throughout their discussion, neither referenced October 7th nor questioned whether a TSS would bring peace. The latter was a given or irrelevant.

They don’t know that Israel also favors a TSS, Israel and Palestine (formerly Jordan) living peacefully with the Jordan River separating them.

This, in essence, is the Jordan Option.

I discussed the above with a strong Zionist with a PhD. She was unaware of the San Remo Resolution. This stunned me. Then she argued that the solution to the Palestinian problem can’t not depend on rights acquired 100 years ago. In other words, she wants to ignore our rights and create a Palestinian state on our land. Just like everyone else.

I asked her if it would bring peace. “No,” she said, arguing that the current situation is not peaceful either.

She favors not finishing off Hamas because it will mean we have to go into occupation and who wants that she argued.

In The conspiracy to Shrink Israel, I included a commitment made by Kissinger in 1975 to the FM of Iraq:

“I think the Palestinian identity has to be recognized in some form. “

“No solution is possible without it.”

It also referred to Dr Paul Eidelburg’s synopsis of Eurabia,

In the same year, according to Eurasia and Prof Eidelberg’s synopsis of it, the Euro-Arab Dialogue commenced, and the Arabs set the conditions for this Euro-Arab symbiosis:

European policy would be independent of and opposed to that of the United States;

2) recognition by Europe of a “Palestinian people” and the creation of a “Palestinian “state;

3)European support for the PLO;

4) the designation of Arafat as the sole and exclusive representative of the so-called Palestinian people;

5) the de-legitimizing of the State of Israel, both historically and politically, its shrinking into non-viable borders, and the Arabization of Jerusalem.

This became European policy.

Since when did, the Palestinians become entitled to a state?  I pointed out that The Rogers Plan in 1969 started the process of supporting the Palestinian cause and every administration since then did likewise.  This culminated with President Clinton ramming Arafat down Israel’s throat. Only Trump went his own way.

In The UN acts in violation of International Law while claiming to uphold it, I gave many examples of where it ignored International Law.

What more can I say?

Whatever happened to the Rule of Law?


In the international arena, what happens depends on your power and interests. The more control you have, the more your interests will be advanced.

Morality and title deeds have no currency unless you have the power to protect them. Even the achievement of peace has no currency if it conflicts with the interests of the powerful. And the powerful don’t want peace. Conflict serves their interests.

There is no Rule of Law. What there is, is the Rule of Power.

Even in domestic affairs, the Rule of Law is trampled upon by those who find it cumbersome or limiting. They generally ignore it. Look at the antics of the Biden administration. The Democrats also don’t want to abide by the Constitution, which is the basis of all their rights. In Israel, the left continually ignores the law or makes up their law by assuming powers they don’t have.

Published by the Stand Up America US Foundation

Contact: Ted Belman
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