The “right of return” is at long, long last rightly killed off.
President Trump appears to have undertaken a revolution in Middle Eastern diplomacy. Reportedly, the United States will eliminate refugee status for the descendants of Palestinian refugees of 1948, the only group of people anywhere in the world to inherit refugee status. The U.S. also reportedly will eliminate funding for UNRWA, the only UN agency dedicated to a single group of refugees, namely the Palestinian Arabs.
This is long overdue. The 1948 War led to one of the many exchanges of populations during the 20th century — 1.5 million Greeks were expelled from Turkey and 1 million Turks expelled from Greece in 1923, for example. After World War II, 12 million Germans were expelled from the Czech Republic, Poland, and other parts of Eastern Europe, many of whom had lived there for centuries. Millions of Hindus and Muslims moved across the border when Pakistan separated from India upon independence in 1947. None of the transferred populations are treated as refugees, except for the Palestinians.
Roughly equal numbers of Arabs and Jews were displaced as Arab states expelled Jewish populations that in some cases, e.g. Iraq, had lived there for 2,500 years, long before the Arabs. The young Jewish state absorbed almost a million Jewish refugees from Muslim countries while the displaced Arabs were kept in permanent refugee status as a bargaining chip. “Right of return” simply meant Muslim refusal to accept the existence of a Jewish state. The so-called peace process in the Middle East always has failed due to the asymmetry of demands: as the Israeli cartoon Dry Bones put it, land for peace means the Arabs want land and the Jews want peace. As long as the Western nations humored the Arab delusion that the Jewish state could be eliminated, the Arab side had no incentive to negotiate. The Arab side refused to accept its defeat in 1948. It is the loser who decides when the war is over, and the message from Washington is, “You lost. Deal with it.”
I wonder what my never-Trump conservative Jewish friends and ex-friends will say now. I say, “God bless Donald J. Trump.”
I’ll put a big, fat “ditto” to that. There are people out there commenting on blogs—this one included, I cringe to admit—whose anti-Israel and sometimes even pro-Muslim arguments amount to nothing more than the same tired rabid, irrational Joo!-hate no matter how much they may try to hide it behind those cute little alt-right “[[[[brackets]]]]” and such. I have no use for it. Anyone trying to argue is NOT our only true ally in the Middle East, or that the State of Israel can be compared unfavorably to any Muslim shitrapy you care to name, can blow it right out their ass for all me.
All the Paleosimians ever had to do was accept Israel’s right to exist and they could have had peace anytime they wanted it. They’ve been given money, land, and even freedom and secure homes within Israel itself, to no avail. Their filthy, savage lust for genocide and death has never yet been driven out of them. Let them continue to pay the price for it, for all I care, unless and until they decide they’re ready to renounce their age-old primitivism and bigotry and join the civilized world at last.