I’ve been meaning to write this for a long time. It is my plan to kick-start peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Indeed, under my plan, Israel will make them an offer they cannot refuse: the full right of return to the state of Israel for every single Palestinian Arab who left the country in 1947-48, as well as his or her offspring. By their reckoning, that should amount to about four million persons!
Now, of course, there’s a caveat (there’s always a caveat). Although it’s often forgotten by Israel’s detractors, more than 800,000 Jews were forced to flee Arab countries at the same time that 600,000 Arabs went the other way. So how about this: the number of Palestinian ‘refugees’ allowed into Israel will be commensurate with the number of Israelis and their offspring wishing to return to those Arab countries. True, I can’t envisage that many Jews will want to head off (pun intended) to ISIS-controlled parts of Iraq and Syria. However, there just might be a few crazies who miss the Atlas Mountains of Morocco or the Hedonistic delights of the Hamra district of Beirut so much that they’d be willing to make the swap. A handful, probably, but that’s the offer. Take it or leave it.
And no one, but no one, can say it isn’t fair.