There has been little progress on the refugee problem because of official Palestinian public positions, other Arab countries' approach to the 'right of return' of all Palestinian refugees, and the contrasting Israeli public policy of not allowing any refugees to return to Israel. Such polar-opposite approaches can never resolve this difficult and longstanding humanitarian problem. By working collectively, the world's leading experts from Arab countries, the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Europe and the United States have developed a chessboard of proposed solutions. The volume in part reflects the polarization that exists on the issue, and in part moves away from the political slogans of both sides, toward concrete proposals for negotiating a comprehensive agreement.
"The editors note that the refugee debate is polarised between the Palestinian/Arab view that all refugees should be allowed to return to their original homes inside Israel, and the Israeli view that no refugees should return to Israel. The editors and contributors argue the case for 'realistic proposals for solving the refugee problem', but most of the contributors endorse at least in principle Palestinian maximal demands for a right of return... Shlomo Gazit is willing to financially compensate the refugees, but opposes any return to Israel... Yoav Gelber argues insightfully that the respective Palestinians and Israeli arguments about solutions are based on totally different cultural assumptions. The Israelis favour resettlement, which is the traditional European approach to refugee populations, while the Arabs favour repatriation, which is the traditional pattern in the Middle East." -- The Australian Jewish News.
Series: Studies in Peace Politics in the Middle East
Number Of Pages: 341
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.5 x 23.0 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.66