The Shadow of the Palestinian Refugees

One of the main issues that Israelis and Palestinians are struggling with in the ongoing negotiations is the Palestinian refugee problem. Although in previous negotiations both sides agreed on permitting a small number of refugees to return to Israel, the agreement failed as it was encumbered by other conflicting issues, especially Israel's national security concerns. Since then Israel's insistence on maintaining the Jewish identity of the state makes the return of any significant number of refugees or even the principle of the right of return simply impossible. The problem of the Palestinian refugees has generally been discussed in context of the moral imperative of the "right of return" and is based on subjective judgment of right and wrong. The circumstances that precipitated the problem, as seen from the Israelis' and Palestinians' vantage points, weighed heavily in shaping two opposing perceptions between the two sides. From the Palestinians' perspective, immediately following...(Read Full Article)