Any settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict must provide a
solution to the Palestinian refugee problem, one of the core issues
of the conflict. The Palestinian refugees who were subjected to
massacres (Deir Yassin, Tantora, al-Khatib...etc.), massive
expulsion, and physical and psychological intimidation left their
homes hoping to return as soon as the canons had stopped. No
civilian is required to stay in the battlefield, especially when
there is a real threat to his safety. The Palestinian refugees'
Right of Return or compensation is guaranteed in UN General
Assembly resolution 194.
On the other hand, the Israelis argue that Israel was established
as a Jewish state to provide an answer to the Jewish need for a
national homeland. They insist on preserving the Jewish majority of
their state, and fear that a massive return of Palestinian refugees
may endanger that majority. The injustice done to the Palestinian
people by uprooting them from their homeland, and turning them i
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