Israel's Legal Founding

In the last century, no country's birth certificate is more legitimate than that of Israel. Why do Israel's enemies routinely challenge the legitimacy of its very existence?

When the state of Israel was founded in 1948, it was done so with the approval of the United Nations. But today, Israel's enemies routinely challenge the legitimacy of its very existence. So, under international law, who's right? Israel? Or its enemies?

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Comments (13)

(7) Joshua, December 29, 2016 6:31 PM


It proscribes absurd that a people who exist, ought to have to explain their right for existence, except maybe Canaan.

(6) scott, March 3, 2015 9:48 AM

I wish Dershowitz and his kind would stop talking.

Israel is the only country that has to justify its existence because we're the only people that is stupid enough to have the conversation. Every one else simply says "Yeah you and what army" and people leave them alone.

Ashkenazic Jews are the only people in the world that continually show up to a gunfight with nothing more than a good argument. It hasn't served us well. The enemies that we have to worry about show up with guns and knives and bombs. That's their argument and until a group of Jews picked up rifles and shot back our enemies always won. Guys like Dershowitz argue argue argue.

Israel does not exist because the UN gave us a charter or because Lord Balfour make a declaration. Ignoring the fact that G*d gave us the land, Israel exists because a bunch of Jews picked up a gun and said "You and what army." And we won. Jews with guns protected the kibbutzim during the British mandate. Jews with guns beat back the Beduin raiders and the Arab attacks. Jews with guns ran the British blockade. Jews with guns made the British Mandate ungovernable and drove the Brits out. Jews with guns declared the formation of a state-and would have probably done it anyway with or without the UN. And when the UN and the US turn on Israel as they will, Jews in Israel with guns will again say "You and what army."

Dignifying the idea that Israel is illegitimate by debating the idea gives aid and comfort to our enemies. It tells the world that our enemies have a point. They do not. Every time a man like Dershowitz uses the term Palestine or West Bank he concedes that words like occupation and apartheid may apply to us. They do not.

Every time he opens his mouth, my daughter is less safe.

I wish he and his kind would shut up.

Nancy, March 3, 2015 12:27 PM

To commenter #6 Scott

I was about to stop listening to Dershowitz right before he made his point. That point was that Israel's right to exist is questioned because the world is STILL filled with anti Semites. Granted Dershowitz took awhile to get there, but there it was in black and white.

allan, December 28, 2016 7:28 PM


speak louder, maybe one day they will all get the point

alan goldman, December 29, 2016 4:15 PM

So true

The world hates Jews and your response to that is the only one that will protect us.

marta mikey frid, December 30, 2016 7:45 AM

Israel's Right to Exist

We need more people like Scott, Dershowitz's voice is now what has been for 2,000 years: The voice of the Jewish Diaspora, and not the voice that has made Israel once and now.

(5) Anonymous, March 2, 2015 3:43 PM

israel's right to exist

I totally agree with the comments made by Mr. Dershowitz. I am sick and tired of seeing Israel being demonized and held to a double standard especially with all the atrocities going on in other parts of the world. If one were to take some of the criticisms of Israel by the UN and other world bodies and substitute the name of any other democracy such as Great Britain or Australia these statements would be absolutely ludicrous and pathetic.

(4) Sam, March 2, 2015 12:15 AM

One cannot compare Arab and Jewish refugees of 1948

1. The Arabs who were forced to leave were not facing death. Their homes were ruined by they didn't have to leave. Nothing happened to those who didn't leave. On the other hand, the Jews in Arab countries were slaughtered and no choice but to leave.
2. The Arabs that were banished from Israel were trying to exterminate all Jews, so Israel had the right to banish them as a punishment and also to insure its survival in the future (prevent them from attacking again and making sure the Jews will remain a majority in their own country). On the other hand, the Jews there were banished from Arab countries posed no threat to the Arabs of those countries and had never attacked them.
3. Most of the Arab in Israel were relatively new immigrants from other parts of the Middle East (especially Syria and Egypt) while the Jews in the Arab countries had been living in those lands long before Islam was even born.

(3) Anonymous, March 1, 2015 7:55 PM

If Israel's existence is in question what does that mean for the legitimacy of Jordan, Iraq, or other countries whose borders were created as a result of the Sykes-Picot agreement or the Canadian claim to the Métis lands or any claim made by one sovereign nation over its territory. The division of India and Pakistan where two peoples that felt they could not live together as a sovereign people. Israel was legitimized as a result of a vote by the United Nations and continues to thrive, which is more than you can say for much of the countries in the African continent. How can opposers of Israel use the United Nations as a tool to undermine Israel when Israel was created by the same institution.

Rafael Picon, March 2, 2015 7:36 PM

you make some excellent points.

The United Nations and Britain never had the right to give away SOMEONE ELSES homeland ! That was awful . It was bloodshed and politics that created Israel , it is blood shed and politics that will determine its future.

Anonymous, March 2, 2015 8:02 PM


Your last sentence is backwards! It should be "How can the United Nations permit ANY opposition to the existence of Israel?" Really pretty simple...Anti-Sematism!

(2) Coy, March 1, 2015 6:37 PM

I don't see how any country friend or fo can dispute our existence. It's in every Holy book of every religion

(1) Mike, March 1, 2015 5:19 PM

Thanks but no thanks

the man advocates a "two-state solution"
Let it be clear: The justness of the state of Israel is rooted in historical, legal (including 'international law per se' since the UN has taken it upon itself to adopt the agreements of the League of Nations and the San Remo accords), moral (need I say more) and most importantly religious.

That applies to ALL of the land of Israel. Tel-Aviv certrainly has less justification to be part of the Jewish state than Hebron.

Morally, if America has a right to exist, so does Israel, and it is not even a colonial country, but it is actually the Jews OWN country.

Concerning Mr. D. he does give arguments in favor of Israel, but he also says things about Israel that are detrimental.

I personally would never want such an attorney for myself, and I believe that it also violates ethical guidelines of his profession.
Such are not friends of Israel, and actually not friends of anyone.


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