Arab states are revising elements of a 2002 peace plan to encourage Israel to agree to the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state, the London-based paper Al-Quds al-Arabi reported Wednesday.The obvious question becomes will Israel accept the plan without the alleged ‘right of return’ but in my mind the real question should be – has anyone asked the Palestinians if they are willing to give up all pretenses to the ‘right of return’ in exchange for a Palestinian state?
The countries are making the amendments at United States President Barack Obama's request, the paper said. Some of the changes deal with a controversial "right of return" for Palestinian refugees to Israel or a future state of Palestine. The notion of a return to Israel proper by Palestinian refugees and their descendents has met with considerable opposition in Israel from across the political spectrum.
According to the pan-Arab paper, the amendments are also to the framing of a timetable for the normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab world, which the plan offers in exchange for Israel's withdrawal from territory conquered in the 1967 Six Day War.
I am betting the answer is a hearty – FRACK NO! And at the end of the day, it’s the Palestinians who have to live in their state and not the Saudis, Jordanians, Egyptians or even the Americans. Although, I do harbour this suspicion that in the end, the revisions to the right of return, aren't nearly as dramatic as hyped.