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Monday, March 14 2005

Point of no return

Media reports indicate that tomorrow in Cairo, Mahmoud Abbas will announce a new policy conceding on the “right of return” for Palestinian refugees. Selling such concessions to the Palestinians will be difficult though. In 2003, a survey conducted by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found that only 10 percent of the refugees would move back to Israel if given the opportunity. But on the day director Khalil Shikaki was to announce the poll's findings, an angry mob -- possibly instigated by Yasser Arafat -- trashed the PCPSR office, and pelted him with eggs. Will Abbas fare better?

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Can someone enlighten me? Was there ever a time when compensation for those Palestinian refugees NOT returning their homes was NOT offered?

Has this point just been systematically ignored by those who want nothing less than the destruction of Israel by whatever means.

Now it looks like Abbas is getting real although if he manages to sell this to the hotheads in Gaza and the West Bank he is a better salesman than me.

like israel's 'painful concessions' this is something for which the palestinian public has to be prepared slowly over a long period of time. If it begins already now, so much the better. It may be several more years before most palestinians will take it as a given. up until now, the palestinian leadership has never mentioned the word 'concessions', always promising the masses that they will get absolutely everything! concessions (let alone painful ones) and compromise were concepts reserved for Israel only.

They have to feel Israel's pain

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