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Law Library of Congress Reports Examine Israeli Legal Developments on Territorial Changes and on Freezing Revenues

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A new peace proposal for resolution of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict is reportedly awaiting release following the upcoming Israeli national elections on April 9, 2019. Although details of the plan have not yet been released, some in the media have suggested various possible scenarios. For example, the peace proposal may or may not include a discussion on borders.

A Law Library of Congress report published in October 2018, Israel: Legal Aspects of Ceding Israeli Territory, identifies areas over which Israel has extended its laws and administration. The report analyzes legal requirements under Israeli law for the ratification and implementation of international agreements and unilateral plans for territorial concessions. It describes the evolution of these conditions and their significance and potential impact on the government’s ability to commit to territorial concessions.

Another report now available on the Law Library website, Israel: Law on Freezing Revenues Designated for Palestinian Authority (PA), analyzes a February 17, 2019, decision by the Israeli Defense Cabinet to freeze revenues transferred to the PA on a monthly basis in accordance with the Paris Protocol and Israeli domestic implementing legislation. This report provides information on a July 8, 2018, Israeli law that authorized the government to deduct amounts paid by the PA to terrorism operators and their families from its revenue transfers. The report addresses certain aspects of the legislation and its implementation, including the absence of an express authorization to use frozen funds for enforcement of judgments against terrorist act perpetrators or for furthering antiterrorism projects.

These reports, along with other foreign law research reports on the Law Library’s website provide information on the relevant legal frameworks, specific legal developments, and the enforcement of legal instruments adopted in surveyed countries. You may search the Current Legal Topics or Comprehensive Index of Legal Reports for additional reports on developments in Israel’s or other countries’ laws. Please also visit our Global Legal Monitor (GLM) for legal news and developments worldwide. We update the GLM frequently and draw on information from official national legal publications and reliable press sources.

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