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Palestinian Refugees

A just resolution of the Palestinian refugee problem that takes into account the needs and aspirations of both peoples. Such a resolution is crucial to achieving a just peace, and therefore must acknowledge Israel's share of responsibility for the plight of Palestinian refugees while also respecting the special relationship between the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
  1. A Proposal to solve the Settler and the Refugee Problems
    Richard Murphy and David Mack, International Herald-Tribune, July 21, 2003

    Mack and Murphy argue that Washington should get behind proposals to resettle Israeli settlers in Israel and resettle Palestinian refugees in a new Palestinian state or third countries.
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  2. Would the Exiles Actually Return?
    By James Bennet, International Herald-Tribune, July 14, 2003

    A new poll by Palestinian scholar, Khalil Shikaki indicates that while 95% of Palestinians insisted on having their "right of return" recognized only about 10% actually planned to physically return to Israel. [click here] to read the major results of Khalil Shikaki's poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.
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  3. Palestine to Babylon and Back: The Refugee Key to Peace
    By Rami Khouri, Daily Star (Lebanon), July 2, 2003

    Khouri argues that the key issue that blocks the achievement of a final Palestinian settlement is that: "The vast majority of Israelis still refuse to acknowledge their country's role in the expulsion and disenfranchisement of the Palestinians in 1947-48." He believes that doing so would create the basis for a reasonable compromise. He argues that it is a failure of leadership on both sides that has prevented progress of this crucial issue.
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  4. The Price for a Palestinian State
    By Jim Hoagland, Washington Post, June 5, 2003

    Hoagland argues that the price the Palestinians and the Arab states must pay for a Palestinian state is demonstrate their genuine commitment to a two-state solution by giving up on an unlimited right of return. He contends that they must accept the type of compromise that was contemplated at the Camp David summit in which Israel would acknowledge the principle of the right of return, but place practical restrictions on its actual implementation.
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  5. Clearing-up the Right of Return Confusion
    By Jerome Segal, Jewish Peace Lobby, Middle East Policy, June, 2001

    Jerome Segal describes the often unexplored realities behind the Palestinian refugees' demand for a right of return. He explains a plan for a "choice-based right of return," in which Palestinians choose among a variety of structured options including compensation. He makes it very clear that under such a plan, recognizing Israel's moral responsibility for the plight of Palestinian refugees does not have mean the dismantling the state of Israel, as many Jews fear
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