International law, in the sense of having any substantial impact on the actions of great powers or developments on the ground in the Israeli-Palestinian theater, has for decades proven almost totally irrelevant. Foreign powers, and local and regional actors alike, have consistently ignored, resisted, violated or condemned international legitimacy. Quigley is fully cognizant of this, and candidly admits that most writers on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict find an emphasis on legal entitlement to be unrealistic, even counterproductive (p.xii). Nevertheless, he asserts that he remains convinced that a peace not based on justice may turn out to be no peace at all (p.xii). Precisely so. But in this Age of Terror, with an American administration apparently unimpressed by international legitimacy and evidently committed to an almost endless war against al Qaaida, can Professor Quigley realistically expect even a modicum of deference to the prescriptions of international law? The fact that international legitimacy overwhelmingly supports the Palestinian rather than the Israeli case makes any application or enforcement of it difficult to imagine. The Case for PalestineL An International Law Perspective.