The "Right of Return":
A Plot to Destory the Jewish State
Palestinian Refugees: Table of Contents | UNWRA | "Right of Return"
Prior to Israel's War of Independence, the Jews urged local Arabs to remain in the area, but despite these pleas the majority fled, many heading their own leader' promises that they would return after the Jews were driven into the sea.
Israel's declaration of independence explicitly called on the Palestinian Arabs to participate in building the state and pledged equal rights for all. This promise was fulfilled for the 150,000 Arabs who remained and became Israeli citizens.
The rest of the Arab population left Israel and settled as refugees in the surrounding Arab states of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan (including the West Bank) and Egypt (Gaza Strip). Despite billions of dollars in international aid and an entire UN organization created solely to oversee the Palestinian refugees, their numbers continue to swell even to this day. These neighboring countries, for their part, made a tactical decision long ago to not build the refugees permanent housing or allow them to integrate into society, preferring instead to keep them in camps as political pawns and as symbols of Arab suffering.
Today, there are nearly 5 million Palestinian refugees in these areas. In the interest of peace, Israeli leaders have repeatedly expressed a willingness to accept some refugees and the state has already absorbed nearly 200,000 of them; however, the Arabs refuse to negotiate this issue and made clear they consider the refugees a weapon in their continued war against Israel.
Israeli acceptance of a "right of return" would amount to national suicide.
As this map shows, the return of every refugee would swell Israel's population to more than 12 million while making Arabs the majority.
The world's only Jewish state would cease to exist.
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