by Hillel Fendel
The issue of "Arab refugees" has long been a matter of widespread consensus in
Channel Ten reported Thursday night that in a private meeting between Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen, the two agreed that in the final-status agreement,
Staffers in Olmert's office did not deny the report, and even hinted that it was at least partially accurate.
Olmert Went Further than Bush
U.S. President George Bush summed up his three-day visit to
"There must be an end to
Hamas, too, refuses to accept any solution other than the "return" to
Arabs Denied Refugee Problem
Oft-forgotten is the fact that the refugee problem was not caused by
Joan Peters, in her classic work "From Time Immemorial," quotes (on page 13) an Arab-sponsored Institute for Palestine Studies finding that "the majority" of the Arab refugees in 1948 were not expelled, and that 68% left without seeing an Israeli soldier.
On April 27, 1950, the Arab National Committee of Haifa informed the Arab States: "The removal of the Arab inhabitants... was voluntary and was carried out at our request... The Arab delegation proudly asked for the evacuation of the Arabs and their removal to the neighboring Arab countries."
Zuheir Muhsein, the late Military Department head of the PLO and member of its Executive Council, told the Dutch daily Trouw, March 1977, "The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of
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