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    • Mike
    • 07.05.05 | 08:23 (IDT)

    The Mid East problems started with the basic Arab League rejection of Israel's right to exist. All the rest - refugees, war, 1967 occupation, settlements - all of it - are cosequential event of the rejection of the right of Israel to exist. Few reminders on Arab response to the UN resolution 181 (Nov. 29th. 1947) rejection by the Arab States: Saudi Arabia ? ??the Government of Saudi Arabia registers, on this historic occasion, the fact that it does not consider itself bound by the resolution adopted today by the General Assembly. Furthermore, it reserves to itself the full right to act freely in whatever way it deems fit??. Iraq ? ??in the name of my Government, I wish to put on record that Iraq does not recognize the validity of this decision, will reserve freedom of action towards its implementation??. Syria ? ??My country will never recognize such a decision. It will never agree to be responsible for it. Let the consequences be on the heads of others, not on ours??. An additional reminders on what Arab leaders had to say on the Palestinian refugees problem: Edward Atiyah, Secretary of the Arab League Office in London, was quoted in the book The Arabs, p.183 ? ?This wholesale exodus was due partly to the belief of the Arabs, encouraged by the boasting of an unrealistic Arab press and the irresponsible utterances of some of the Arab leaders that it could be only a matter of some weeks before the Jews were defeated by the armies of the Arab States and the Palestinian Arabs enabled to re-enter and retake possession of their country.? Khaled al-`Azm, who served as Prime Minister of Syria in 1948 and 1949, wrote in his memoirs, published in Beirut, 1973, Part 1, pp. 386-387 ? ?The call by the Arab Governments to the inhabitants of Palestine to evacuate it and to leave for the bordering Arab countries, after having sown terror among them... Since 1948 we have been demanding the return of the refugees to their homes. But we ourselves are the ones who encouraged them to leave...We have brought destruction upon a million Arab refugees, by calling upon them and pleading with them to leave their land, their homes, their work and business...? Emil Ghoury, Secretary of the Arab Higher Committee, stated on September 15, 1948 ? ?? The fact that there are these [Palestinian] refugees is the direct consequence of the action of the Arab States in opposing partition and the Jewish State. The Arab States agreed upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of the problem.?

    from the article: Does Israel want peace?
    First published 00:00 06.05.05 | Last updated 00:00 06.05.05
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