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US policy shift

04.14.04

Big policy shift for Bush:

In a historic departure from US policy, President George W. Bush on Wednesday said Palestinian refugees should be resettled in a future Palestinian state, rather than return to Israel.

He also gave a nod to Israel’s intention to retain control of West Bank settlement blocs by saying it would be “unrealistic” to expect a complete return to the Green Line as part of a final peace deal given “new realities on the ground.”

Seems like Bush is actually willing to give Sharon’s plan a chance, which ought to prop Sharon up politically for a while – if not Bush.

Of course, that’s today’s US statement. Tomorrow’s could be totally different. If there’s one thing Israel has learned the hard way, it’s that its friends can sometimes hurt it even more than its enemies. At least with the states at war with Israel, there are no ambiguities about their stance on the issues.

The Israeli government is going to put the unilateral withdrawal plan up to a referendum vote… on my birthday no less. Personally, I think the plan is seriously flawed – if only because it grants concessions to the Palestinians that will have no effect on stemming the terrorism. It’s a little naive to think that if Israel pulls back and builds a big wall, that the people on the other side of the wall will suddenly drop their bombs and guns and hatred and decide to declare statehood and implement infrastructure and industry and trade and all those great things that it takes to have a state. No, corruption breeds corruption.

But at the same time, most Israelis are so sick and tired of the status quo that they realize it can’t go on indefinitely. Since every single attempt at a negotiated solution has failed, a lot of them have got to be thinking that maybe it’s time for Plan B.

Bush’s approval means nothing elsewhere in the world, mind you. Just another example of the Great Satan backing the Little Satan.

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Constitutional lawyer Yaffa Zilbershats offers a rebuttal to the Palestinian claim of a “right of return”, demonstrating that this so-called right exists nowhere in international law:

Palestinians refer to various human rights treaties to assert their right of return. They cite general human rights treaties such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966 which was ratified by Israel in 1991 and international legal sources dealing specifically with issues of citizenship and nationality law, refugee law and humanitarian law.

A careful study of those sources leads to a very clear conclusion that none of them imposes a legal obligation upon Israel to repatriate the Palestinian refugees.

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Palestinians do not have a legal right to return to Israel. Any negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians should start from the understanding that this is the legal situation. The sole right possessed by the Palestinians is to obtain compensation. The parties should start discussions and negotiations regarding the amount of the compensation and the method of its payment.

This is what we refer to a lie being repeated so often, that people start believing it. Arab leaders spent decades telling the Palestinian people that it’s their “right” to return to their homes and villages (and presumably, to get rid of all the Jews currently living there). It would be a bitter pill for the Palestinian population to swallow to learn that this right does not exist. As such, negotiations often begin from the starting point that the refugee problem is somehow Israel’s to solve, even though Israel was the one attacked in the first place. This shifts the advantage in a negotiating situation immeasurably.

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Euphemism for annihilation

08.25.2003

More on the so-called “right of return” from Efraim Karsh, who calls it a euphemism for annihilation: While for most Western observers the term “occupation” describes Israel’s control of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, areas that it conquered during the Six-Day war of June 1967, for Palestinians and Arabs the Israeli presence in […]

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So-called Palestinian “right-of-return”?

08.19.2003

Lynn says No: No. There’s a very simple response to palestinian claims of a “right of return” (ROR) to the pre-1948 homes of their ancestors or themselves in Israel. No. That’s the answer and that will always be the answer. It’s time the rest of the world made this perfectly clear and stopped leaving it […]

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Crackpot dictator calls for one-state solution

08.12.2003

Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is calling for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has published a “white book” outlining his ideas for a resolution of the Middle East conflict. Gaddafi’s plan for a bi-national Jewish-Muslim state, to be called “Israstine,” is presented on a Hebrew language website in an attempt […]

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Britain pledges to highlight cause of “forgotten” Jewish refugees

07.01.2003

In the midst of all the international attention being paid to the “plight” of the Palestinian refugees, the forgotten refugees are the hundreds of thousands of Jews who were driven out of Arab countries. Various groups and individuals, including Montrealer and Federal MP Irwin Cotler, have been fighting to educate people about them and to […]

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Road map approved

05.25.2003

The Israeli Cabinet has approved the road map under intense international and American pressure. However, several members of government expressed strong reservations. And the fictional “right of return”, a euphemism for the destruction of Israel, was rejected once again out of hand: In a separate vote of 16-1, the cabinet rejected any influx of Palestinian […]

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Palestinian refugee problem

02.21.2003

The Jerusalem Post has a very good special supplement section on the Palestinian Refugee problem. It’s an in-depth look at the roots of the problem, the challenges, the competing claims and the future outlook. Worth a look.

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