Monday, November 16, 2020

Continuing on with the full text and my commentary of the PLO's NSU Negotiation Principles Matrix:





·         Just and agreed upon according to UNGAR 194

·         Right of return in principle should be recognized


Admission of responsibility

·         Israel should recognize its moral and legal responsibility for the expulsion and displacement of the refugees

·         Cannot agree to “recognizing the suffering” only, there should be recognition of responsibility

Right of return and settlement of refugees

·         Menu of options for refugee settlement (which includes Israel, Palestine, host countries and third states)

·         MUST include return to Israel

·         Regarding Israel, the use of the word “return” should be emphasized, we cannot agree to combinations such as “admission/immigration”

·         Return to Israel should not be disguised as “family unification”

·         Must give refugees a genuine ability to choose

·         Should be in coordination with the other relevant states (host states, third states)

·         Return to Israel could be capped.

Restitution of refugees’ real property

·         Restitution based on international law.

·         If not possible under international law, then the owners should be entitled to FULL compensation by Israel

·         International community can contribute to the compensation fund, but Israel should have a substantial contribution (not like just another country).


·         Will be dealt with by a restitution commission


Compensation for refugees

·         FULL compensation paid by Israel, for material and non-material damages, according to international law standards

·         Individual basis, not a lump sum

·         Will be dealt with by a compensation commission

·         International community can contribute to the compensation fund, but Israel should have a substantial contribution (not like just another country).

It is important to emphasize three things. One is that according to international law, what UNRWA refers to as "Palestine refugees" are not legally considered refugees, and even UNRWA admits this

Secondly, the paragraph of UNGA Resolution 194 dealing with Palestinians and Jews displaced by the 1948 war was specifically drafted not to use the word "rights." There is no right to return under international law where a nation must take in a hostile population (and even UNGA 194 says that it only applies to those who are willing to live in peace with their neighbors.) This is especially true in the case of descendants of refugees.

Thirdly, this "right to return" has always been meant to be a Trojan horse to destroy Israel demographically. Arab leaders have admitted this openly, and the emphasis here that a two-state solution must allow Palestinians to move to Israel rather than a Palestinian state shows that even Palestinian leaders aren't interested in building up their own state but in destroying the Jewish state.

These NSU positions are meant not only to destroy Israel demographically, but financially as well. Once Israel admits responsibility for the displacement of Palestinians in 1948 - most of whom never saw an Israeli soldier and who fled out of fear to their Arab brethren, never expecting to be treated like garbage in the areas that many of them lived only a few decades previous - then the monetary demands for compensation will never end. According to this document, the PLO would not end their demands for return but would encourage millions of individual Palestinians to sue Israel in international courts.

This is meant to bankrupt Israel. If the PLO cared about compensation, they wouldn't care whether it came from Israel or an international fund, but again this isn't about Palestinian rights but to take away Jewish rights.

This is the reason it is so important for the PLO to demand that Israel take responsibility for the flight of 600,000 Palestinian Arabs in 1948. Once Israel takes responsibility, it will be forced to pay compensation in courts for the next century.


·         A provision must be included in the FAPS which safeguards Palestinian ability to argue for reparations (including compensation) in the Treaty.

·         Silence on the issue is not an option, as it may be viewed by Israel as having given up the right to  reparations (including compensation) for all damage arising from Israel’s occupation.


The demand that Israel compensate so-called "refugees" is only a part of the PLO's desire to bankrupt Israel. In addition, one of its core principles is to demand that Israel pay reparations to a Palestinian state as well for the "damage" done by adding billions of dollars of electricity, water and road infrastructure to the territories.  

Nothing in the entire document is so nakedly obvious as to the real desire for the outcome of the negotiations - not a Palestinian state but a stage towards the destruction of Israel.

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