In an interview with the Jerusalem Post’s Herb Keinon and David Horovitz on Thursday, also reported in the NY Times, Isr
For 59 years, the Palestinian refugees languishing in squalid refugee camps have been considered an issue that can wait. Their plight has always been relegated to ‘final status negotiations’, left on the back burner, as if this were not a pressing issue – the most pressing issue – for well over four million people.
In answer to the Post’s question, Olmert made it plain that the refugees were entirely off the agenda.
I will not agree to accept any kind of Isr
[I would rule out] ...Any refugee coming to
…Refugees, no way…I'll never accept a solution that is based on their return to
Of course, the fact is, that it’s not necessary for
Keinon and Horovitz don’t explore the matter any further, but I think we can work out the nature of the ‘moral issue of the highest standard’. First of all, in denying responsibility for their flight in the first place, Olmert, like his predecessors and all apologists for the Jewish state, ‘doth protest too much’. Since the right of return does not depend on any kind of Isr
Furthermore, by denoting them ‘refugees’, he explicitly admits that they have a legitimate claim for refuge. Refuge from what? Well, could it be the Plan Dalet ethnic cleansing program on which the Jewish state’s cherished Jewish majority is based? Olmert may say what he likes, but two decades of painstaking scholarship in the Isr
The ‘moral issue of the highest standard’ is of course precisely the maintenance of
Anyway, that’s not the basis of the argument. For Olmert, it’s not
Zionism is not a policy; it is the idea that led to the creation of a home for the Jewish people, to the State of Isr
This body cannot claim to seek peace and at the same time challenge
It’s more or less the same international community that accepted Bush’s lame red herring that Jewish suffering somehow justified Jewish racism, his bogus assertion that Isr
To their everlasting shame, the response was overwhelmingly to resolve, "The general assembly decides to revoke the determination contained in its resolution 3379 (XXX) of 10 November 1975." That was the resolution that, ‘taking note of’ this and that, none of it really relevant, and recognising what is obvious to the most casual observation, ‘Determines that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.’With friends like these, it’s beginning to look as if the refugees are on their own.
Returning to the original point, if Olmert will not consider a just resolution for the refugees, including the right of return, there is no prospect of a peaceful outcome.