#90 Jake, you are mistaken. The Arab plan - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Rebekah S
    • 19.06.07 | 01:13 (IDT)

    says the refugee issue will be settled in line with UNGAR194 - ie through return OR compensation - but specifies that just how 194 will be implemented must be "agreed upon" by both sides. Unless you have so little confidence in Israeli negotiators that you think they are going to reach an "agreed upon" solution that allows a literal return for all the refugees, it is impossible to argue logically that a plan that calls for a mutually agreed solution is at the same time forcing Israel to allow back 4 million refugees. At Camp David and Taba both sides envisaged implementing 194 by offering compensatory terms that made it much more attractive for refugees to choose resettlement in the West Bank/Gaza (or third countries, primarily Canada), and by giving Israel the right of veto in the case of any who still wanted to return. And that's how the PLO regards the "agreed upon" language of the Arab plan, ie as giving Israel the final decision over which - and how many - refugees to accept.

    from the article: Sharon's dream
    First published 00:00 18.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 18.06.07
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