Abbas Punts on the Mideast Peace Process, Again – Jackson Diehl
Israeli officials contend that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a serious run at negotiating terms for statehood with the Palestinians last month – only to run into the same brick wall encountered by his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, in 2008. Once again, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proved unwilling to engage on a serious proposal. By the Israeli account, both sides presented substantive proposals at the meetings.
Netanyahu’s negotiator Isaac Molho presented a 21-point document at the first meeting on Jan. 3 on issues Israel wished to discuss, ranging from security and borders to alleged incitement of violence in the Palestinian media. At the last meeting on Jan. 25, Molho set out Netanyahu’s proposal on borders for a Palestinian state. It called for annexation of the large blocs of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and an Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley.
While the talks went on, Israeli officials held separate discussions with Quartet broker Tony Blair about confidence-building concessions to Abbas, including a prisoner release, the expansion of Palestinian police authority in the West Bank and economic projects.
But Abbas chose not to engage. There were no more meetings. Soon afterward Abbas met with Khaled Meshal, the leader of the Hamas movement, to renew a contrary initiative – a Palestinian unity government. Not for the first time, the Palestinian leader punted. (Washington Post)
Peculiar Proliferation of Palestine Refugees – Daniel Pipes
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), founded in 1949, defines its wards with great specificity: ”Palestine refugees are people whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.” Accepting UNRWA’s (exaggerated) number of 750,000 original Palestine refugees, only a fraction of that number, about 150,000, remain alive.
But contrary to universal practice, UNRWA made a little-noticed decision in 1965 that extended the definition of ”Palestine refugee” to the descendants of those refugees who are male, a shift that permits Palestine refugees uniquely to pass their refugee status on to subsequent generations. In contrast to all other refugee populations, which diminish in number as people settle down or die, the Palestine refugee population has grown over time to 5 million today. Thus is the ”Palestine refugee” status set to swell indefinitely.
All other refugees from the World War II era (including my own parents) have been long settled. The Palestine refugee status already has endured too long and needs to be narrowed down to actual refugees before it does further damage. The writer is president of the Middle East Forum and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. (Washington Times)
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