Refugees Don't Need Another 60 Years of Misery
Al-Siyassa (Kuwait), March 16, 2007.
a second article, titled "Naturalization is the Solution," Al-Sweidan wrote: "There is no doubt that the Palestinian refugees
in Syria and Lebanon - who have for many long years been fed by their Arab hosts on impossible dreams and on shiny promises
that were soon broken - do not need another 60 years of misery, wretchedness and suffering... in order to figure out for the
thousandth time that all the talk about the 'bridge of return' is [nothing but] nonsense and deceit - a fairytale that exists
only in the old, worn-out demagogy of the Arab propaganda...
reality, there is no 'bridge [of return]'... except for the bridge that we now must pass... called the peace process and normalization
of relations between the Arabs and Israel.
Undoubtedly, the Arabs cannot continue to avoid the implementation [of the peace process], which brooks no further delay.
[Any delay] will have a heavy price for the Arab societies in the present and in the future, considering the sharp strategic
changes [occurring] in the Middle East. [These changes] demand an immediate and final solution
to the Arab-Israeli conflicts, and [require] the two sides to direct their joint energies and efforts towards confronting
the Iranian nuclear threat which imperils us all."
Solution is to Naturalize the Refugees in the Host Countries
the Middle East peace process gains momentum, and as the regional and international forces remain committed to the need to
resolve this [conflict]... there is a growing necessity for a realistic, unavoidable and bold decision that will provide a
just solution to the problem of the Palestinian refugees by naturalizing them in the host countries, such as Syria, Lebanon,
and other countries.
though this is a humanitarian [project], it requires intensive efforts on the legislative, economic, logistic, and administrative
levels, in order to integrate the Palestinians organically into the social, economic and political fabric of the Arab societies...
every conceivable and accepted criterion, naturalizing the refugees [in the Arab countries] is the inevitable solution to
[this] chronic humanitarian problem. The fact that [this solution] constitutes an important part of the overall peace process
and of the historic reconciliation between the Arabs and the Israelis will help to reinforce [the naturalization process]
and to perpetuate it."