Analysis: The Palestinian right of return issue seemed resolvable under peace talks that stemmed from Oslo and Camp David, according to former U.S. and Israeli negotiators.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
The Trump administration in the last month has welcomed Israeli restraint with regard to settlement activity but called “unsustainable” the growing number of people who are officially considered Palestinian refugees.
The sudden sea change in rhetoric is seen as part of the administration’s preparation for the unveiling of the “deal of the century” in which it hopes to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Responding to reports that the Trump peace initiative has the hosting mid-East countries granting their so-called “Palestinian refugees” citizenship, Lebanon’s Foreign Minister says his country will never agree.
– UNRWA accepts donations to aid 449,957 “Palestinian refugees” in Lebanon, but official Lebanese count stands at 174,422.
By Dalit Halevi
Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil says his country will never agree to grant Lebanese citizenship to so-called “Palestinian refugees”, in response to reports that the US government would like the countries hosting the “refugees” to grant them citizenship.
“Even if the entire world agrees to naturalization, we will never agree to that, and just as we defeated Israel by removing its occupation [from Lebanon in 2000], we will defeat it with regard to the naturalization plan and the right of return that will remain sacred,” Bassil said in an interview with Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria. Continue Reading »
The Arab world has never facilitated a move for Palestinian statehood since they’ve long known the Palestinians don’t really want it, not just the kleptocratic leaders and Parliamentarians, that skim for a living, but also the refugees that pay fewer taxes, receive free food staples, free health & education.
– So why kill the “refugee” goose that lays the golden eggs?
By Dr. Mordechai Kedar
In Israel, and in much of the Western world, we tend to think that the Arab world is united in support of the Palestinians, that it wants nothing so much as to solve the Palestinian problem by giving them a state, and that all the Arabs and Muslims love the Palestinians and hate Israel. Continue Reading »
Palestinian intransigence has forced Trump to look at the conflict as a ‘business deal’, uniquely changing the paradigm. To the Palestinian’s ire, there’s a ‘revolution’ to move forward – for both US fiscal responsibility, and Israel’s future…. or as the PLO would call it, a ‘nakba’ [catastrophe].
By Yochanan Visser
A revolution is taking place in the way the United States deals with the Palestinian Israeli conflict and it could have serious ramifications for the security situation in Israel some say while others see God’s hand in the stunning developments.
Last week the Trump Administration announced it would cut $200 million in U.S. Continue Reading »
ANALYSIS: President Trump is the first world leader with the fortitude to strike down the Palestinian’s unrealistic & intransigent demands that have axed every peace initiative, by every U.S. President, and every Israeli Prime Minister, over the past 40+ years.
By Tsvi Sadan
Trump’s presidency divides Americans like never before. Most, however, would agree that his policy decisions vis-a-vis the Middle East match Israel’s interests, and at least on this point, Israel’s friend–Democrats and Republicans, alike–should support him. And Trump’s new policy regarding the Palestinian refugees is no exception.
As published in the Israeli media, come September, Trump is going to denounce Palestinian claims to a “right of return” to Israel. Continue Reading »
REPORT: The U.S. will end its support of UNRWA’s appraisal of “5 million Palestinian refugees,” that span 3 generations and born in countries throughout the world, as fulfilling the accepted definition of ‘refugee.’ Such a broad definition was/is not afforded to any other group of refugees anywhere in the world, at anytime, or by any body, UN or otherwise.
The Trump administration will in coming days reject the United Nations definition of Palestinian refugees and ask Israel to reconsider allowing the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) to operate in the West Bank, an Israeli TV report said Saturday. Continue Reading »
Palestinian Leaders In A Panic:
U.S. congressmen seek to penalize U.N. agency that was specifically tailored to maintain & support refugees for generations by intentionally inflating the number of actual Palestinian refugees from a modest 20,000 to a whooping 5.2 million.
• Trump administration likely to release classified Obama report on UNRWA within a few weeks.
• WATCH: U.S. Amb. to UN Nikki Haley lambasts Arab member states of the United Nations.
By Ariel Kahana
U.S. lawmakers have introduced a new piece of legislation that would drastically reduce U.S. funding for the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA. Continue Reading »
Joining U.S. lawmakers to pressure the State Department to declassify an Obama-era report, Republican Senator Ted Cruz asserts, ‘Access to report will help Americans have a transparent debate on U.S. funding of UNRWA.’
By Ariel Kahana
Members of the U.S. Congress are demanding the State Department make public a key report that includes precise figures on the number of people who became refugees in the 1948 War of Independence.
The existence of the State Department assessment, compiled and classified under the Obama administration, was first disclosed by the Washington Free Beacon six months ago.
Lawmakers say the report could impact how the U.S. Continue Reading »
UNREPORTED in the West: After Prince William Duke of Cambridge finished this tour of the Jalazun refugee camp east of Ramallah, Palestinian children took to the streets to pelt him, and his convoy with stones.
By Israel Today Staff
Prince William’s visit was important for being the first (official visit) by a member of the British Royal Family since the founding of the State of Israel. But beside that fact, it was a rather uneventful stopover, as befitting the visit of an apolitical figure to a politically-charged region.
Except for once incident.
Seems that when Prince William went to visit with Palestinian and UN officials in Ramallah, his vehicle was stoned by Palestinian children. Continue Reading »
UNRWA, the only UN refugee agency dedicated to only the Palestinians, and the only agency paying full health, education and other services for Palestinian descendants, two & three generations on, receives a £38.5 million ($51M) boost from the UK, with other Western countries asked to pick up the slack.
The United Kingdom announced on Tuesday that it would provide £38.5 million in advanced aid to UNRWA after the Palestinian refugee agency was flung into a severe financial crisis due to the US decision to cutback $250 million in funding this year.
“The UK will deliver financial support to UNRWA earlier than originally planned, releasing £38.5m to the Agency which includes £10 million on top of the £28.5 million package of support announced by Minister Burt at the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference on UNRWA in Rome in March.”
UNRWA uses photo from Syria in outright deception, to make Westerners feel sorry for ‘poor Gaza girl’, in ploy to attain contributions… and demonize Israel. Continue Reading »
23 yr-old Wallah Adaween, a biology student at Ramallah University has no regrets leaving the squalor of the Jordanian built, UNRWA run camp, which receives 100’s of million of dollars annually and is responsible for the camp, providing such services as medical, food assistance and education of the Palestinians.
A refugee from the Shuafat Camp in east Jerusalem said she will never regret leaving it.
The Shuafat Refugee Camp is said to be a microcosm of the unresolved issue of Palestinian self-determination plaguing Israel-Palestinian relations.
With eye on indoctrination, the official logos to six different UNRWA financed schools include the UN logos along with map of Israel replaced by Palestine. Continue Reading »
UNRWA has expressed shock at the devastation of the once thriving Palestinian suburb of Damascus, with Yarmouk turned into a concrete jungle of destruction.
• Since “it’s [the] Assad regime [and not Israel] let’s keep the focus on ISIS,” an official at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies tweeted cynically.
BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN
For a week, the Syrian regime has bombarded the Palestinian refugee camp and neighborhood of Yarmouk in southern Damascus.
Fears have risen about the fate of the thousands trapped between infighting between the regime and armed groups such as Islamic State and Hayet Tahrir al-Sham, which captured most of the camp in 2015. Continue Reading »
Classified by the Obama White House, State Department hold-outs refuse to turn over ‘unclassified version’ to Congress, knowing report would expose Palestinian myth of the actual number of refugees, lowering ‘official’ 5 million, to mere 10’s of thousands.
The State Department is hiding a classified report on Palestinian refugees that insiders say could be a game changer in how the United States approaches the situation and allocates millions in taxpayer funds to a key United Nations agency, according to multiple sources briefed on the situation.
As the United States moves forward with a decision to slash funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the agency responsible for providing education and support to some five million Palestinian refugees, officials on Capitol Hill and elsewhere have been pressuring the State Department to declassify a report that is believed to show the actual number of refugees is far fewer than the U.N. Continue Reading »
Instead of being a solution for the Palestinian refugee problem, UNRWA has become a facilitator for its eternal perpetuation. Without UNRWA, these Arab refugees, and certainly their children, grandchildren, & great-grandchildren, would have resettled in their Arab host countries, or elsewhere in the world, decades ago.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In a surprising change of policy, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has called for the dismantling of UNRWA. Such a move could benefit both Israel and the peace process. The new US administration might change its decades-old policy as well.
Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stunned many by declaring that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) should be dismantled. Continue Reading »
More than any other issue, leaving the UNRWA problem intact for yet another generation of refugees undermines any possibility of reaching reconciliation between the parties. You cannot resolve a conflict while feeding UNRWA to perpetuate it at the same time.
COMMENT: UNTYING THE GORDIAN KNOT OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT – BY DORE GOLD
Last July, the Middle East Quartet was groping to find an explanation for why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had not yet been resolved.
Ann Dismorr, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, with a map that shows all of Israel as “Palestine”.- Photo: Palestinian Media Watch.
Israel, which had gone through an escalation of knifing attacks on its citizens rightfully stressed in its briefings the twin problems of continuing Palestinian violence and the state-sponsored incitement that promoted it. Continue Reading »