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Passports as a mideast reality changer?

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Submitted by PezDispenser (Israel), Jul 19, 2009 at 14:11

Ali's appeal makes me think more deeply about the topic. There's no guarantee that all the Palestinians who lived in Iraq were rabid Saddam supporters even though they received special perks under his regime. It seems that their plight should be examined on a case-by-case basis on a humanitarian basis like other Iraqi refugees. I do find it curious that the government invites them to come to America instead of sending them directly to the Ramallah.

On a tangential subject, I have a question for Dr. Pipes. Polls from the past few years have shown significant percentages of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank willing to emmigrate. Of course, wanting and actually leaving are two separate issues, but this brings up an interesting thought experiment.: If Europe and/or North America allowed normative Palestinians a fast track to citizenship, and large numbers picked up and left for a better life in lands of freedom and opportunity - would the Israeli-Palestinian conflict come closer to an end?
It sems to me that a large emmigration would prove the uneccesity of Palestinian statehood, bankrupt the concept of "right of return", resurrect the idea of limited autonomy, and convey the sense of defeat needed for a real peace between Palestinians who remain and Israel.

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