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At a memorial ceremony for Arafat at the Palestinian parliament, Abbas said he would walk in the footsteps of the late Palestinian leader. "We promise you (Arafat) that our heart will not rest until we achieve the right of return for our people and end the tragic refugee issue,'' he said.
The "right of return'' is a demand that all the refugees from the war that followed Israel's creation in 1948 should be allowed to return to their original homes, along with their descendants. That encompasses about four million people.
Israel has always rejected the concept, offering compensation to refugees and saying they should find permanent homes in Arab countries or a Palestinian state. Four million Arabs would overwhelm the Jewish state, where about six million Jews live.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
that's a very misleading title. I don't agree or feel that all Palestinians feel this way.
Quoting the leader of an extremist group such as the Fatah doesn't mean that he is speaking for all Palestinians.
Originally posted by Seekerof
So if the Palestinian people seek, wish, and desire a state, and are eventually given one, why would there be a need to continue with the "right of return' issue, unless of course, there are alternative motives at play here? Why not incorporate those 4 million+/- into a proposed Palestinian state?
Originally posted by Jamuhn
I say give it a trial run, let in a few hundred thousand.
Originally posted by centurion1211
Aren't there several million Palestinians already living in Israel? What would your proposal accomplish besides increasing the number of terrorist attacks?
Get them before they get the jews! Right?
Fugg it. Things can't get much worse. Let's start dropping bombs. Thanks for fueling these threads with your own personal intolerance and hatred for muslims.