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Bryan. Israel citizenship for palestinians?

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Submitted by Farid H. (Germany), Apr 6, 2006 at 21:52

"Is they keep fighting, move the IDF through Palestine, town by town, saying to Palestinians, either leave or become an Israeli citizen."

Bryan, I'm not very well informed about the current political situation in Israel. Did something fundamentally change there w.r.t being a Jewish State before being a national State? IIRC, Israel is denying Palestinians (who are outside Israel, the west bank and Gaza) the "right to return" because if they allowed this, and made all those Palestinians Israeli citizens, Jews would instantly become a minority in their own country. I can't imagine that happening any time soon.

But even without letting outside Palestinians back in; don't you think that "naturalizing" (what a strange word in this context!), say, 50% to 80% of, let's call them "inside Palestinians" who may take up the offer, would totally modify the demographics of Israel (I'm not even talking about the change of the political balance in the Knesset!)? In other words, I'm afraid, this simply won't happen, eventhough it's a very generous idea.

Farid.
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