Why not let in "a few tens of thousands" of Pal refugees? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael
    • 25.03.07 | 14:14 (IST)

    Interesting article, but I was struck by the paragraph which says that while most Israelis would accept wide-ranging concessions on the West Bank and Jerusalem, they wouldn't accept the return of even 'a few tens of thousands of Pal refugees' even on humanitarian grounds. Why? And I'm not particularly making a political point here, just asking for information. My guess would be that the return of a token number of refugees is almost inevitable, so that both sides can say they have 'won', Israel by not letting 5 million Pals in, and the Pals by ensuring the return of those with the strongest claim. It seems very bad for the prospects of real peace that the Israeli public is not coming to terms with this, particularly since in many ways it seems less controversial than slicing up Jersualem.

    from the article: Who's afraid of renewing the peace process?
    First published 00:00 25.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 25.03.07
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