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Tricks In The Proposal For Peace in The ME. AP

Author:
Barakat
Date:
2001-01-04 13:06:50


Tricks, tricks, tricks. The UN decided over 50 years ago that the Palestinian refugees have the right to return to their homeland. Now the US is taking a more "Zionist" stance by saying these people should not be allowed to return in a US proposal for peace. If they return the Jews may become a minority and cause a major blow to those that the US has been sponsoring in the region for the last 50 years.

Let me tell you all that the Prophet Muhammas (SAWS) said a Muslims property is "sacred". He also said that the blood of ONE Muslim Believer is more sacred to Allah than the HOLY KA'ABA, let alone the THIRD most Holy Site in Islam.

So who are these people trying to fool. We muslims already have our guide to human rights, business, banking, social services and more. The western world incorporated MANY Islamic ideals in their ways of governing the people.

Your tricks won't work. We have our Criterion.

Arab Ministers Back Right of Return

By SALAH NASRAWI, Associated Press Writer

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Arab foreign ministers insisted Thursday that Palestinian refugees' right of return is ``sacred,'' leaving Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (news - web sites) little room to maneuver on a key concession demanded in a U.S. peace plan.

Arafat had turned to the Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo for support as he contemplated a U.S. suggestion he surrender the right of millions of refugees now in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and elsewhere to return to homes in Israel. In return, the Palestinians would gain control of a key holy site in Jerusalem.

The plan, proposed by President Clinton (news - web sites), would allow refugees to return to a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (news - web sites) but not to Israel, where Israelis fear an influx would destabilize the country by upsetting the balance between Jews and Arabs.

Arafat has reportedly accepted the formula as a basis for talks with Israel. Israel had made the same commitment earlier, though Prime Minister Ehud Barak (news - web sites) has said he would never sign an agreement giving the Palestinians sovereignty over the Jerusalem site, holy to both Jews and Muslims.

Israel's Cabinet indicated it might resume peace talks. But with positions hardening on either side, it was unclear how much progress could be made.

``I would like to point out that Lebanon has totally rejected the idea of resettling the Palestinian refugees (permanently) and insisted on the right of the Palestinians to return. We believe that this is a sacred right,'' Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa, speaking as the chairman of Thursday's meeting, said after the talks.

In Israel, Foreign Ministry spokesman Noam Katz said his government was engaged with the Palestinians, not the Arab League. Israel, Katz said, was trying to determine if Arafat's reported conditional acceptance ``falls within the parameters of the Clinton proposals. If it does, and if a drastic drop takes place in the level of violence, then we will consider in a positive spirit resumption of the negotiations.''

Arafat had been expected to announce his response to the U.S. proposals after the meeting. But he left without speaking to reporters. Moussa said he could not say whether the Palestinians would return to the negotiating table.

A day earlier, an aide in Washington said Arafat had conditionally accepted the U.S. proposal after two meetings with Clinton on Tuesday.

Moussa said the foreign ministers also were concerned the Palestinians had not been assured full sovereignty over east Jerusalem and the city's Muslim holy sites. He said Arabs wanted further clarifications from the Americans and that the issues of Jerusalem and the refugees took up most of Thursday's discussions.

Before the Arab League meeting, Arafat briefed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (news - web sites) on his talks this week with Clinton.

Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa, whose state media repeatedly denounced the U.S. proposals in recent days, reportedly opened Thursday's Arab League meeting by saying the plan should not even be discussed. The meeting was closed, but a source speaking on condition of anonymity said al-Sharaa called on the Arab League to instead concentrate on supporting the Palestinian uprising.

Arabs ranging from moderate to radical in their stance toward Israel have rejected the U.S. formula. The radical Palestinian Hamas movement said Thursday that with his formula, Clinton had virtually adopted ``Zionist proposals, conditions and visions.''

The Saudi newspaper Okaz said in an editorial Thursday that the proposal ``has turned a deaf ear to the Palestinian demands and suggestions, and did not pay minimum attention to the interests and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.''

Iran's English-language newspaper Iran Daily said that ``for the Palestinians, the right of return is as clear as the sun. It can't be made foggy, hazy or nebulous.''

Palestinian-Israeli clashes have killed more than 350 people - most of them Palestinian - in the last three months. The Arab League has held Israel responsible for the violence.

Israel sent its chief negotiator to Washington on Thursday for talks with U.S. officials to get clarifications on the Palestinian stance.

Digging in before any resumption of peace talks, Barak assured Israel's chief rabbis Thursday he never agreed to hand over to the Palestinians the Jerusalem holy site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

And Israel remained deeply skeptical that a peace agreement could be concluded before Clinton's term ends Jan. 20. ``It is beyond human power to complete the negotiations in such a short time,'' the Israeli foreign minister, Shlomo Ben-Ami, told Israel radio.
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