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The Growth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem

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Benny Morris knows all about the Palestinian refugee issue: As much as any single person, the Israeli historian is responsible for establishing that most of the hundreds of thousands of Arabs who fled their homes during the 1947-8 conflict did so because of Israeli military attacks. Today in Tablet Magazine, he points to the millions of refugees today—some originals, most their descendants—and argues that the continued predominance of a belief in the “Right of Return” among the Palestinian leadership, both the radicals in Gaza and the more-moderates in the West Bank, has doomed the two-state solution, at least for the foreseeable future. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Morris says,

might sign off on “an end to the conflict” and “no more demands”—and most likely be assassinated by Arab extremists in consequence—but a majority of Palestinians, and certainly a large minority of them, would continue the struggle, rendering the agreement no more than a wind-blown piece of paper.

Er, happy Friday?

Bleak House

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What I find disturbing about Benny Morris is that he’s made it impossible for Israel supporters to maintain that Israel was founded on anything other than ethnic cleansing and displacement– and yet he seems to be proud of it! And to regret it wasn’t done more thoroughly. And to resent the Palestinians for demanding justice.

His position is so baldly illiberal that many people choose to ignore the evidence he unearthed and pretend there were no expulsions in the first place, because then Israel’s current position is easier to justify.

Binyamin in Orangebureg says:

Exactly who will be assassinated for accepting the “others” “right to exist”? Does the name Yitzak Rabin ring a bell?

Benjamin Disraeli~ The more extensive a mans knowledge of what has been done the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.

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