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    • Colin Wright
    • 02.10.07 | 03:40 (IST)

    That not all that many Palestinians would necessarily return. Not your dentist in Dubai, and not your shopkeeper in Dearborn. Ask a Palestinian if he should have the right of return, and he will vociferously agree. Ask him if he, personally, would exercise it, and one gets a different answer. Really, it's remarkably similar to the position of American Jews. Ask them if there should be an Israel to which they could go and almost all will say 'yes.' But just count how many actually go. To some extent, Jewish fears of a Palestinian deluge are just a trumped-up excuse for avoiding serious negotiations. They could easily work out a formula that would allow the Palestinians to say they won -- but not result in many Palestinians actually moving to Israel. For example, agree to admit all those actually born in what is now Israel. You'll wind up admitting 10,000 geriatrics. So give the Palestinians their symbolic victory -- just frame it so that it doesn't cost anything practically.

    from the article: The problems are already here
    First published 00:00 01.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 01.10.07
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