Samson Blinded: A Machiavellian Perspective on the Middle East Conflict
[ Palestinian refugees of 1948 and 1967 ] [ Population of Palestinian refugee camps are not refugees ]

Most Palestinians do not want to return to Israel

Edward Said's claim for right of return to Israel for third-generation descendants and other relatives of the original Palestinian refugees who fled during 1948 Arab-Israeli War serves only for agitation. Those Palestinians are already resettled elsewhere, and almost none want to return. The stream of illegal immigrants to the United States from Mexico, Asia, and Eastern Europe show that people find ways to invade a host countryŚmarriage, border jumping, work permits, anchor-babies, and so on. No such thing happens with former Israeli Palestinians. Israel has no problem with their return to the Palestinian territories. Indeed the Arabs could have returned to the Palestine Authority long ago to satisfy their nationalist ambitions; Jews immigrated to Palestine in worse situations. Yet Arabs do not.