Samson Blinded: A Machiavellian Perspective on the Middle East Conflict
[ Palestinian refugees of 1948 cannot return to Israel ] [ Defeat of Palestinian intifada precludes Palestinian claims to Israel ]

No legal basis for the Palestinian right of return to Israel

Edward Said asserts that international law somehow provides for the return of Palestinian refugees to Israel. Nothing in international legislation could be construed to allow third-generation descendants of refugees to return to the state in question and of which they have never been citizens in the first place. By that logic, Jews might claim their medieval property and citizenship in almost any country in the Old World. Many Palestinian refugees accepted citizenship and swore allegiance to other states, often hostile to Israel. Those Palestinians are either disloyal to their current hosts or want to deceive Israel. No state could be expected to grant citizenship to seditious aliens, and Israel will not.