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    • r cummings
    • 15.10.09 | 20:02 (IST)

    UN Resolution 141 used Jewish state and Arab state as descriptive terms, not proper nouns, there was no presumption or suggestion that these should be named 'the Jewish State of West Palestine' or 'the Arab State of East Palestine'! Recognition as a 'Jewish' state is a complete non-starter because of its racist-religious overtones. Might as well ask countries in 1936 to recognise the 'Aryan State of Gross Deutschland'. It is not an obstacle, it is a tricky new precondition dreamt up by Netanyahu who knows perfectly well it will never fly. Right of Return to Israel will never happen, as all involved know well. Olmert was so confident that he boasts about having offered to take in 'a little over 5,000' Pal refugees - out of 4 million! The issue there is about compensation, who gets it and who pays. This is the real Israeli nightmare, having to compensate millions of refugees who AREN'T allowed to return. No doubt the despised UN and Arab League will dig in their pocket books.

    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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