FOSNA believes that international law is an indispensable guide for peace. Because of the gross imbalance of power between Israel and Palestinians, it is not feasible to leave the resolution of the conflict to negotiations alone. This is evident in the results of a peace “process” that constantly postpones issues of real importance—such as the right of return of refugees and the status of Jerusalem—to sometime in an unspecified future.
This “peace process” has allowed Israel to continue building settlements and expropriating natural resources that should be part of Palestine, such as water and agricultural land. Although the United States holds itself out as a mediator, it has, over the last two decades in particular, almost exclusively insisted on and protected the interests of Israel against those of the Palestinians.
International law provides a neutral platform for resolving the conflict. This law, as enunciated by United Nations resolutions, has overwhelmingly affirmed the rights of Palestinians either to return to the homes and lands from which they were driven in 1948 and 1949 or to be compensated for them. Such resolutions have continually opposed Israel's land confiscations and settlement building.
Furthermore, the International Court of Justice has determined, in its unanimous July 9, 2004 decision, that the separation wall and the settlements in the West Bank are illegal and contrary to international law. FOSNA holds that Israel and the international community should respect and follow the decision of the court.