The Arab peace initiative: the truth - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 22.06.10 | 08:22 (IDT)

    Like Eldar I would like to believe in the good intentions of the Arab states and their peace proposal. However, there is one conspicuous stumbling block in this initiative and that is UN resolution 194 and specifically its article 11 concerning the return of the refugees which reads: "that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible". Notice: "refugees wishing to return to heir homes should(!) be permitted to do so": what homes? in Jafa, Haifa, Jerusalem, and hundreds of villages across the country. How many? Let's suppose that "only" half a million would return, half a million from the refugee camps in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria etc. This is not a proposal Israel can accept.

    from the article: After 8 years, why hasn't Israel responded to the Arab peace initiative?
    First published 01:53 22.06.10 | Last updated 01:53 22.06.10
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