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December 7, 2003


The big news is the recent Geneva Initiative or Accord, with its extensive background of negotiations. Though unofficial, it has European backing, with most of the funding and groundwork being done by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) –headed by Gareth Evans. Evans is a former foreign minister of an Australian Labor government, who advocated the distancing of Canberra from Washington and its transformation into a regional Asian power.

Charles Krauthammer over at the Washington Post is utterly negative. He takes a negative stance to the proposal. This involves the creation of a Palestinian state encompassing 97.5 percent of the West Bank with shared sovereignty over occupied Jerusalem. And in return the Palestinians will waive the right of return for some 3.8 million refugees. More commentary can be found here.

So what to do with the 3.8 million Palestinain refugees? Jim Henley has an interesting suggestion: buy off the actual dispossessed of '48 and '56, or their first-generation survivors.

"Pay the actual people who lost actual homes and businesses and land. Pay them real money - value plus interest..... Pay it - my libertarian brothers will be aghast - out of the United States Treasury. We are already sinking billions annually into the Middle East with no end in sight unless the Israeli-Palestinian issue somehow settles. If buying out the right of return can end our enmeshment, it will be a bargain - a hell of a lot cheaper than invading and reconstructing "six or seven" different countries."

The idea is a circuit breaker.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 10:03 AM | | Comments (0)