Renowned UAE Business Magnate: Palestinian Refugees Will Never Return Home
The businessman claimed that Palestinian refugees "pass on false hopes to their children, along with the keys to the erstwhile homes of their fathers or grandfathers.
Renowned Emirati business magnate, Khalaf Al Habtoor, has said that Palestinian refugees will never return to their homes, villages, and cities in historical Palestine from which they were expelled by Zionist gangs in 1948.
In an article published in the Saudi-owned Arab News, Al-Habtoor wrote: “There is a valid argument that says the Israelis have been intransigent. Nonetheless, the same can also be said for the Palestinians, who still insist on the right of return for refugees who are in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and elsewhere.”
He adds further, “That is never going to happen, and they know it full well. They would be better off asking the host countries to tear down the camps and allow the refugees the right to work and own their own houses.”
The businessman claimed that Palestinian refugees “pass on false hopes to their children, along with the keys to the erstwhile homes of their fathers or grandfathers, keeping an innate hatred for Israelis alive down the line. I believe this is unjust for both generations.”
Al Habtoor praised the so-called ‘peace deals’ between the Gulf states and Israel, saying: “The beauty of the Abraham Accords is that they immensely benefit all signatories in terms of security, trade, commerce, tourism, and technology.”
“They cement a united front in opposition to a common enemy that is operating toward manufacturing nuclear weapons with which to clasp its neighbors hostage,” he said in an apparent reference to Iran.
“The more Arab states that have peace agreements with Israel, the more dominant the bloc will become.”
On 13 August, US President Donald John Trump announced a peace deal between Israel and the UAE brokered by Washington.
Abu Dhabi said the deal was an endeavor to stave off Tel Aviv’s planned annexation of the occupied West Bank.
Nonetheless, opponents believe normalization efforts have been in the offing for many years as Israeli officials have made formal visits to the UAE and attended conferences in the country with no diplomatic or other ties with the occupation state.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly said annexation is not off the table but has been delayed.
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