The Trump Peace Plan, released on 28 January, recognises for the first time ‘a Jewish and a Palestinian refugee problem’. One may criticise it for equating the two refugee populations and minimising Jewish suffering, but one should applaud the fact that the plan contains an explicit reference to Jewish refugees from Arab lands and demands a just solution for them.
The plan demands that a ‘just solution for these Jewish refugees should be implemented through an appropriate international mechanism separate for the Israel/ Palestine Peace Agreement’. Quite what this mechanism would consist of is not specified – it could be the International Fund, as advocated by President Clinton. A separate agreement might well be a disincentive to resolve the Jewish refugee problem altogether, and conflicts with the Knesset law, passed in 2010, insisting that a peace agreement cannot be signed without compensation for Jewish refugees, as well as US Congress resolutions.
An interesting innovation is that the State of Israel deserves compensation for the cost of absorbing these Jewish refugees.
Here are relevant extracts: (with thanks Stan):
“A similar number of Jewish refugees were expelled from Arab lands shortly after the creation of Israel and have also suffered. A just solution for these Jewish refugees should be implemented through an appropriate international mechanism separate from the Israel/Palestine Agreement.
“The Jewish refugees who were forced to flee Arab and Muslim countries also suffered. Most settled in the State of Israel and some settled elsewhere. The Jewish refugee issue, including compensation for lost assets must also be addressed. Additionally the State of Israel deserves compensation for the cost of absorbing Jewish refugees from those countries. A just, fair and realistic solution for the issue relating to Jewish refugees must be implemented through an appropriate international mechanism separate from an Israel/Palestine Peace agreement.״