Following controversies about the status of “settlements” in Judea and Samaria, the Israeli Government established a commission in January 2012 to study the question.
The Commission to Examine the Status of Building in Judea and Samaria was led by Edmond Levy, a former Supreme Court justice, and included Alan Baker, former legal advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Tchia Shapira, former deputy president of the Tel Aviv District Court.
The Commission issued its report on July 4, and is still pending approval from the Government. In his conclusions, Levy wrote that "upon completing the committee's tasks, and considering the testimonies heard, the basic conclusion is that from an international law perspective, the laws of 'occupation' do not apply to the unique historic and legal circumstances surrounding Israel's decades-long presence in Judea and Samaria."
Judge Edmond Levy hands his Report to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
CILR welcome the Levy Report, which vindicates our long-standing position on Israel's Legal Rights. The Report debunks the myth of “occupation”; it rejects the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention which is always misguidedly invoked by those who oppose the “settlements”; and it brings forward the historic events and legal documents which support Israel’s Legal Rights in Judea and Samaria.
The full English translation of the Levy Report is not yet available. However, the English version of the first part – the legal arguments – can be found here, courtesy of Elder of Ziyon
For an overall evaluation of the Report, including several useful links, click here.