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Local Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

I thought the discussion was very respectful, and while one could add much on either side, I think continued interactions of this sort can help reduce enmity between Jews and Palestinians here in San Diego. Regarding the peace process in general, I can't see how there can be any lasting success without the agreement of surrounding Arab countries such as Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon to grant citizenship to Palestinian refugees (there are about 60 refugee camps located in these countries as well as Gaza and the West Bank). While Marjorie's comment overstates her case, she does properly call attention to the fate of the Jews who fled or were expelled from Arab/Muslim lands in the wake of the 1948 war. Most were settled in Israel - indeed it was to Israel's advantage to benefit from such a large Jewish immigration. By contrast, the Arab/Muslim states have done little to nothing to help the Palestinians, despite their vast landholdings and wealth. Rather, they have used the Palestinians as a political pawn. Israel will not commit demographic suicide by acceding to the "right of return" of all 1948 refugees and their millions of descendants.

September 20, 2010 at 11:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )