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Sunday, August 24, 2003

I am aghast: PA Foreign Minister Lies to Refugees in Lebanon!

Nabil Sha'ath asserts Palestinian "right of return" is part of the Road Map
From IsraelInsider:
Israeli right-wing and left-wing politicians were united in their categorical rejection of Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Nabil Sha'ath's remarks on Friday suggesting that the "right of return" of Palestinian refugees to cities in Israel was guaranteed in the U.S.-backed "road map" peace initiative. Officials said Sha'ath's claim was "false and unhelpful" and no Israeli government would ever accept it.

Speaking to a delegation representing Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Sha'ath said, "No condition has been set for a return (only) to an independent Palestinian state. The right of return is no longer an illusion. It is an integral part of the Arab peace initiative, which is one of the reference points in the road map.

"I want to be clear: this right includes returning to an independent state and to Palestinian cities in the Jewish state. Whether a person returns to Haifa or to Nablus, their return is guaranteed," he stated.
The full text of the Road Map can be read at this website page of the U.S. State Department. If you don't care to read it, just go there and search (Control/F) for the word "return." It won't take long: it's not there, not even once.

Black is white and white is black. And people wonder (and/or lament) that I don't trust the Palestinians. Go figure.