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Politics : War

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To: Nadine Carroll who wrote (2923)8/24/2001 5:38:45 AM
From: GUSTAVE JAEGER  Read Replies (1) of 23584
 
Re: What destroyed the talks was Arafat's blanket insistence that Israel accept the right of return of 3.7 million Palestinian refugees, not to Palestine, but to Israel, thus extinguishing it as a Jewish state.

Although the right of return is a legitimate claim by the Palestinians, it's a fallacy to pretend that it was the cause of the wrecking... Everybody knows that the real, only deadlock in the peace negociations is the status of Jerusalem and the Jews' deadly game to keep it under 100%-Jewish control. The Israeli Jews' tactics has been to wage a war of attrition against the Palestinians' legitimate claim to rule over East Jerusalem (hence the dramatic seizure of the Orient House of late).

As regards the so-called right of return of three million Palestinians, Arafat and most of the Palestinian leaders have always hinted at the highly symbolic nature of that claim and allowed for the details of implementation to be loose enough so that, practically, it wouldn't set up a demographic imbalance in Israel.

Gus.
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