chapter  10
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Palestinian Refugees and Their Right of Return

WithSamih K. Farsoun, Naseer H. Aruri

The question of the Palestinian refugees has not been central in what came to be known from 1969 to 2006 as the Middle East Peace Process, under American auspices, which have merely succeeded in perpetuating the 1967 occupation while keeping the 1948 issues off-limits. This has been a peace process largely driven by geopolitics rather than by international law. The use of international law, represented by countless United Nations resolutions and other instruments, might possibly have neutralized one of the major stumbling blocks (the imbalance of power) that has retarded the pursuit of a political settlement in Israel/Palestine. Not only is there no military solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, but a political solution, which is rather remote at present, will not be lasting if it emanates purely from geopolitics.