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originally posted by: AMPTAH
originally posted by: pavil
The Palestinians will have to eventually take a deal that is not everything they wish for.
they should take the fight to the political arena, where they would actually have a good chance
to win, by their shear numbers.
A slim majority of Palestinians living in Jerusalem would prefer Israeli citizenship to being citizens of a Palestinian state, a new poll indicates.
Just over half, or 52 percent, of respondents told pollsters they would prefer “Israeli citizenship with equal rights,” while 42% prefer to be Palestinian citizens when a Palestinian state is established ...
Data obtained by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies indicates a jump over the past decade of actual requests by Palestinians in East Jerusalem for Israeli citizenship, rising from 114 applications in 2003 to between 800 and 1,000 per year now, around half of which are ultimately successful, Reuters reported ...
originally posted by: pavil
Eventually the Palestinians will have to put up or shut up. So will Israel. That time is coming sooner than later.
As for the claim that Israel doesn't want Palestinians to become citizens, I don't buy that, as they are approving citizenship requests from Palestinians by the hundreds every year
Palestinian refugees can not be allowed to return to the West Bank en masse, Education Minister Naftali Bennett told Army Radio on Sunday morning. He warned that such a move would endanger the State of Israel.
“Anyone who allows millions of [Palestinian] refugees into Kalkilya and Tulkarm will turn Route 6 into a large refugee camp,” Bennett said, referring to the major highway that lies adjacent to the two Palestinian cities.
Bennett said part of his opposition to the creation of a Palestinian state stems from the issue of Palestinian refugees, who would be allowed the right-of-return to such a state.
“We will not allow one single refugee to return to the 1967 lines,” Liberman said. “That is at least my opinion, not a single refugee, not a quarter-refugee will return to the ’67 lines.”
Israel has long operated from the presumption that in any final status agreement with the Palestinians, refugees would have the right-of-return to the newly created Palestinian state but not to sovereign Israel.
Any other resolution of the issue, Jerusalem has argued, would undermine the concept of two states for peoples. But Liberman, like Bennett, raised the issue of the risks of such a resolution in the current geopolitical reality.
“Not a single Palestinian will return from Canada or the United Kingdom,” he said.
Those who would seek to relocate to the newly created Palestinian state would be refugees in Syria or Lebanon, who now live in those countries without rights.