Israel begins a long series of direct talks today with Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian officials on the pivotal issue of Palestinians who fled their homes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during and immediately after the June, 1967, Arab-Israeli War. Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres will head the Israeli negotiating team in Amman, the Jordanian capital.
The Israelis say there are between 200,000 and 400,000 Palestinians who qualify as displaced persons. The Palestinians say there are 1 million who either fled or are descended from those who did. The Palestinians want all of these people to have the right to return to their homes. Israel favors a gradual repatriation of a limited number of the displaced.