Myths & Facts about International Law

MYTH: “Israel ‘s failure to implement UN resolutions is a violation of international law.”

FACT: UN resolutions are documents issued by political bodies and need to be interpreted in light of the constitution of those bodies.

The UN Charter (Articles 10 and 14) specifically empowers the General Assembly to make only nonbinding “recommendations.” Assembly resolutions are only considered binding in relation to budgetary and internal procedural matters.The legality of Security Council resolutions is more ambiguous….It would be difficult to show that Israel has violated any Security Council resolutions on their wording and the Council has never sanctioned Israel for noncompliance.

Excerpted from: Myths & Facts Online — A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Mitchell G. Bard.

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