The Palestine Arab Refugee Problem.

by D. Peretz

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A discussion examining economic and political aspects of the Palestine Arab refugee problem, with analysis of some of the proposals that have been offered for solution. Throughout the twenty years of attempted negotiations on Middle East problems, a vicious circle seems to revolve around Arab insistence that other problems cannot be managed unless the refugee fate is first resolved, and the Israeli determination that progress toward solution of the refugee problem cannot be made unless the Arab states accept the political realities of Israel's existence, Arab responsibility for the displaced Palestinians, and initiation of attempts to resettle the refugees within the context of overall regional development. While there is hope of resolving the economic problems of the Arab countries over a long period of time--including the problem of displaced persons--there seems to be little possibility of dealing with the heart of the Palestine problem, the dilemma of irredentism. 83 pp.

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