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December 8, 2006
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The Iraq Study Group refers to a Palestinian “right of return” in its report, a term favored in the U.S. government. In discussing areas of disagreement between Israel and the Palestinians, U.S. officials routinely refer to “refugees”; describing a Palestinian “right of return” is seen to implicitly accept the merit of the Palestinian claim. But the term was used in the group’s recommendations on the Palestinian issue when it described what matters must be decided in a final-status agreement: “borders, settlements, Jerusalem, the right of return, and the end of conflict.”

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