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Palestinians want a "Right to remain!"

Reader comment on item: Bush Promotes a Palestinian "Right of Return"
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Submitted by DrRJP (United States), Jan 20, 2008 at 15:37

After reading your articles revealing how over 80 percent of Palestinians who are now, or who have lived under Israeli control, do not want to live in a Palestinian state run by the PA (or Hamas). They would much rather live in Israel, or live where they are and remain under Israel's control.

My guess is also that the vast majority of refugees would be just as happy to live in the West Bank as they would in Israel if Israel were to maintain control over it. Maybe even annex it. Same goes for those in Gaza who are praying for the day that Israel returns and gets rid of Hamas.

Notice, if you will, that none of the government officials in the PA (or in Hamas-ruled Gaza) has ever polled its populace to ask them where they would prefer to live. For that matter, none of the world leaders in the so-called Quartet has evern asked them either. If they did, they would be shocked to learn that most Palestinians would rather stay put if they could continue to reap the benefits that Israel provides.

Such surveys would torpedo their plans to flood Israel with Arab refugees.

After 55 years of being forced to live as refugees by their Arab "brothers" (and not Israel), and seeing how little has changed thanks to their feckless and corrupt leaders, I beleive that if you asked Palestinians if they would prefer that Israel annex Gaza and the West Bank rather than live there under Hams and the PA, about 80 percent would say, "Absolutely."

I aqree with Rachel Garber's suggestion of bringing up the "right of return" issue for the million or so Jewish refugees of Arab lands that truly were forced to leave immediately, and not like the Arab refugees who left after their leaders either urged them to leave, or scared them into leaving (thanks to tales of Jewish atrocities occurring).

Only one minor correction, Rachel. After 1954, Jordan, did, in fact, begin to offer citizenship to "Palestinians Arabs." Jews, however, are still barred from entering Jordan just as they were when Jordan occupied the West Bank.

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