Look for the screeching to begin: The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that the separation fence’s route in the West Bank is legal even while saying the state must reroute some of the fence.
The panel nevertheless rejected a July 2004 ruling by the International Court of Justice in the Hague and ruled that Israel had the authority in principle to build a separation fence in the West Bank, beyond the Green Line, for security reasons.
[…] The panel ruled that according to international law, an army in occupied territory is authorized to erect a fence in order to protect the lives of its own citizens, including settlers. The High Court based its ruling on regulations of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which constitute an integral part of international law, as well as the constitutional rights of settlers under Israeli law.
This decision rejects the petitioners’ stance that Israel does not have the authority to build the fence beyond the Green Line and that the fence was being built for political, not security, reasons.
The justices ruled that the international court’s decision should be given legal weight, but that since the judges at The Hague were not presented with the complete evidential basis for Israel’s security needs, the international court’s ruling does not bind the Israeli High Court of Justice.
That’s telling ’em.