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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

No kidding....

'Moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen complains that Israel wants to be recognized as a Jewish state to foreclose a 'Palestinian' 'right of return.'
Abbas said that altogether the Palestinians had seven options should the peace process fail.

He also reiterated his refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Israel’s goal behind this demand was to “expel about 1.5 million Israeli Arabs,” Abbas said. By raising such a demand, Israel was seeking to “close the door to the right of return for Palestinian refugees.”
I have not heard of plans to 'expel about 1.5 million Israeli Arabs.' I have heard of plans to (a) trade areas that are overwhelmingly populated by hostile Arabs in exchange for areas in Judea and Samaria that are currently populated by Jews (from Yisrael Beiteinu) and (b) paying Arabs who won't live in peace with us to leave (various Right wing parties over the years). In either event, that would not be 1.5 million 'Israeli Arabs.' I doubt most Israeli Jews would object to Arabs staying here so long as they are willing to live in peace with us.

As to the 'right of return,' Israel has said thousands of times that it's not going to happen. The Arab countries and UNRWA have spent 62 years keeping these people isolated in 'refugee camps' and deluding them that they will one day return to Haifa, Jaffa, Safed, and other cities they left at the behest of the Arab armies that were going to throw the Jews into the seas and then gloriously return them to their homes. That's not going to happen. There will be no 'right of return' and either the Arabs will accept that or there will be no peace and no 'Palestinian state.' So yes, Netanyahu is telling Abu Mazen that there will be no 'right of return' by telling him that he must recognize Israel as a Jewish state. If there is a 'right of return,' Israel won't be a Jewish state (or it won't be a democratic state or both) because it will be overwhelmed with 'returnees.' Which part of that is so hard to get?

What I don't get is why Abu Mazen believes that he can have his cake and eat it too: All the 'Israeli Arabs' have to stay in Israel, but all the Jews must leave the areas designated for the 'Palestinian state.' Actually, I do get it: Abu Mazen is demanding the same double standard as always be applied against Israel. It's time to stop that double standard.

Abu Mazen has a lot more complaints. Read the whole thing.

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At 7:33 PM, Blogger Eliana said...

My understanding is that Netanyahu has said that ZERO "refugees" will be allowed to move into Israel as part of a peace deal. No "symbolic" number - just zero. This is the proper number.

In the past, some people on Israel's left have suggested "symbolic" numbers of Arabs to be allowed into Israel - such as 15,000 per year for 10 years).

Keeping this in perspective - the 8-10,000 Jews from the Jewish towns and villages in Gaza haven't all been properly moved into their permanent new homes yet although it's been five years since they were driven from their homes in Gaza.

Five years of 15,000 Arabians would be 75,000 Arabians expecting homes in Israel. Another 75,000 would be expecting homes during the next five years.

This would be a hostile population (even more hostile than the Arabs in northern Israel) and they would be homeless, jobless and penniless hostile people who intend to vote Israel out of existence.

Abbas wants 4 or 5 million Arabians to move into Israel although even a "symbolic" number of Arabians would be impossible.

Everything the Arabians are asking from Israel is intended to end Israel's existence, of course.

At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is that a 'symbolic' number of 'returning' refugees legitimizes the so-called right to return.


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