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    • stephanie
    • 19.10.09 | 16:22 (IST)

    What does the vague phrase mean "a substantial majority of Israel's actions or arguments or justifications"? We were talking about the right of return. I said Jews have the same right as Palestinians, and that the right of return only means return to one's country, NOT to a domicile. Therefore I say, the Palestinian demand that refugees return to their domicile is devoid of legal basis and also moral basis, since it makes it a central demand which cannot be fulfilled unless the Jews surrender their own right to self-determination. In fact there is no historic precendent within other refugee populations that such a demand can be legally raised or should be met in the context of international law. You as a lawyer know that, for sure. I do not detect much sympathy for the persecutioon of Jews. All the populations you mentioned have a national territory, and therefore you are comparing apples with oranges. On what basis should Palestinians have the right of return and not the Jews ?

    from the article: Ari Shavit / Israel needs legitimacy to wage war and peace
    First published 03:11 15.10.09 | Last updated 04:32 15.10.09
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