The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, openly questioned the Palestinian demand for the so-called “right of return” to Israel, saying she believes that this controversial and sensitive issue should be taken “off the table”.

Haley suggested that the Trump Administration should officially consider rejecting the Palestinian demand that all refugees – as well as their descendants – who were displaced during the Arab war against the fledgling Jewish state between 1947 and 1948 be allowed to return to present-day Israel.

“I definitely think we need to look at the’right of return,'” she said during a presentation at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based think tank closely aligned with Israel.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley meets Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem, June 7, 2017 (Wikipedia)
US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley meets Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem, June 7, 2017 (Wikipedia)

When asked if the issue should be off the table’, Haley replied: I agree with that, and I think we need to see this in terms of what is happening with the refugees in Syria, and what is happening in Venezuela’.

The so-called “right of return” is a contentious issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians claim that five million “refugees”, i.e. tens of thousands of the original refugees and their millions of descendants, have a “right of return”. Israel rejects this demand, indicating that it is a Palestinian ploy to destroy the Jewish State by altering its demographic balance. Today, Jews represent about 75 percent of Israel’s population. A flow of millions of Palestinians would mean that Israel would no longer have a Jewish majority.