Палестинские беженцы и немецкие изгнанники

Атмосфера не могла быть более спокойной: бывший королевский замок в холмистой местности области Таунус около Франкфурта, где государственные деятели и политики проводили ежегодную встречу по вопросам Ближнего Востока. Европейцы и американцы, израильтяне и иранцы, египтяне и турки, палестинцы и тунисцы общались плечом к плечу. Новшенством в этом году было присутствие представителей из пост Саддамовского Ирака, и среди них должностного лица от Курдского Регионального Правительства, а также высокопоставленного представителя Ши'а.

Новая ситуация в Ираке, а также карта дорог Ближнего Востока, были в центре внимания. На церемонии открытия главный министр правительства Германии, сам непосредственно занимающийся делами Ближнего Востока, обратился к обеим темам, проявляя большую чувствительность в вопросах, беспокоящих и израильтян, и палестинцев. Вечер проходил, как и ожидалось, в спокойной атмосфере до тех пор, пока ливанский академик не поднял вопрос о праве палестинских беженцев на возвращение в Израиль.

Главный министр Германии внимательно выслушал, а потом сказал: "Это - проблема, с которой в Германии мы знакомы; могу я попросить моих немецких коллег в этой аудитории поднять руки, если они или их семьи были беженцами из Восточной Европы?"

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