If we used the proper definition of a refugee when referering to palestinians they would not be a threat - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zionist forever
    • 19.05.11 | 17:32 (IDT)

    A few facts this article has wrong firstly anybody under 63 is not a refugee and even UN resolution 194 says nothing about right of return applying to descendants. In reality the " real " refugees are not a threat to Israel anymore considering the bulk of them are dead and if somebody who was a new born baby in 1948 are not going to be having children today if they are now 63. Its time to stop referring to the descendants as refugees in their own right. Once we do that we will have made a huge political step forward. As for the idea of Israel keeping the people in camps the 2 bodies to blame for that is the PLO and the UN. In the late 70s & early 80s the Israeli government adopted a policy where they would build the equivilent of modern arab settlements in Gaza. Israel would build the basics then anybody who wanted to move there then Israel would part fund the building of homes and in exchange they would allow their home in the camp to be pulled down. The thinking was they would gradually replace the camps with arab settlements because as more people move the more space for more settlements. The program was eventuallyt canceled for 2 because the PLO threatened to execute anybody who took up the offer out of fear it would make the people more accepting of Israel. and the UN passed as resolution condemning Israel for it and to return the people who had taken up the offer to be returned to the camps. In the end the government considered it was a waste of money because people were afraid to accept the offer but Israel made the effort the bodies that supposedly represent the palestinians were the ones why it didn't change.

    from the article: Palestinian refugees are a threat to Israel's existence
    First published 01:37 19.05.11 | Last updated 01:37 19.05.11
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