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    • Dan
    • 30.11.09 | 16:10 (IST)

    The proposal and its clauses offers a good outlook for a solution. However it fails to recognise the roots of the history which left untendered will manifest themselves. The Jews did not go about expelling the arabs from the land voluntarily or maliciously - only as a reaction to the arab belligerency of the 1947 partition plan in which the arabs fired the first shot - and a big one at that. The rest left out of fear of the impendong war or were coerced by the arab governments asserting the Jewish menace will be driven into the sea. The greater issue is an Arab-Israeli problem, and not a Palestinian-Israeli one. It is interesting to note that the term Palestinian did not mean what it means today until 1964, and between 1948 and '67 there was little if any calls from the 'Palestinians' for a state from Jordan and Egypt who controlled the WBank and Gaza respectively. Labelling Israel as the big culprit as what sems to eb the undertone in not fair on the state, its people and the Jews.

    from the article: Peace Plan: Trading settler Israelis for refugee Palestinians
    First published 15:21 30.11.09 | Last updated 15:23 30.11.09
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