UN Resolution 194 (December 1948) said "refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage which, under the principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the governments or authorities responsible."
The General Assembly affirmed the right of return 135 or more times. Residents everywhere outside their native lands for any length of time have similar rights. Diaspora Palestinians have no fewer ones than others.
They're not negotiable. International law affirms them. They're binding and won't change. Oslo Accord provisions represented unilateral Palestinian surrender. Negotiating terms were vaguely defined.
Timelines and outcomes weren't specified. Israeli officials obstruct and delay. Concessions aren't made. They never will be.
Official policy reflects occupation harshness and land theft. It's hard-wired and unchanged. Negotiations accomplish nothing. Times reports don't explain.
Perhaps as an afterthought, its editorial admitted that Netanyahu refuses serious compromise. Uniting with Avigdor Lieberman suggests "even more hard-line" policies ahead.
The Times shamelessly endorsed Obama. It did so for the wrong reasons. It ignored nearly four years of unprincipled leadership. It said, "Whatever chance exists of a new American peace initiative after the election is likely to vanish if Mitt Romney wins."
Implied is that Obama's reelection holds the best chance for Israel/Palestinian conflict resolution. Ignored is why no progress occurred during his first term.- Advertisement -
He rejects Palestinian self-determination. He won't accept full or partial UN membership. He's one-sidedly pro-Israel. Rhetoric alone separates him from Romney. Both represent rogue governance.
The Times also rejects Palestinian statehood. It does so by ignoring what's existed for 24 years. Dismissiveness defines longstanding editorial policy. Palestinians have no friend in Times Square.
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