The Impossible Deal of the Century

(MEMRI) Ze'ev B. Begin - Israeli peace activist Uri Avneri recently described the required formula for a joint Israeli-Palestinian agreement on the refugee issue: "The principle [of the right of return to Israel] cannot be rejected. It belongs to the individual refugee. It is anchored in international law. It is sacred. Any future peace agreement between the State of Israel and the Palestinian State will have to include a clause confirming that Israel accepts, in principle, the right of return of all Palestinian refugees and their descendants. No Palestinian leader will be able to sign a treaty that does not include such a clause." This is correct, but it is equally true that no Israeli leader will be able to sign a treaty that does include such a clause. The writer, a member of Israel's Knesset, served as a government minister three times.

2017-11-24 00:00:00

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