Gaza, ALRAY - Kerry's plan does not include any right of return for Palestinian refugees into their occupied lands, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote on Tuesday about a new peace plan of Secretary of State John Kerry that is likely to be publicized soon.
In the column entitled "Why Kerry is Scary", Friedman speculated that Kerry's plan will "call for an end to the conflict and all claims, following a phased Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank based on the 1967 lines, with unprecedented security arrangements in the strategic Jordan Valley.
The Israeli withdrawal will not include certain settlement blocs, but Israel will compensate the Palestinians for them with occupied (Israeli) territories. It will call for the Palestinians to have a capital in East Jerusalem.
Kerry's plan will call for Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as well as have Israel recognize Arab East Jerusalem as the rightful capital of the Palestinian people.
It will not include any right of return for Palestinian refugees into Israel proper ( occupied Palestine).
Friedman explained that Kerry expects and hopes that both Netanyahu and Abbas will declare that despite their reservations about one or another element in the U.S. framework, they will use it as the basis of further negotiations.