Given (a) that Finkelstein is sick and tired of the endless conflict and seeks a near-term solution and given (b) what he told us about Gandhi’s views on politics and nonviolent resistance (apart from what he, you and I think is morally right), I think he doubts that a broad international public is ready to listen to a proposal, which sees all 6 (?) million refugees return and outnumber the jewish ethnos. I think he’s right on that – even if BDS continues to thrive, such a scenario won’t fly with the broad public in the nearer future.
On the other hand he has also made it very clear that the palestinians have no reason whatsoever to forfeit any of their rights. Which leads us to the conclusion that from his point of view a return of refugees can only be partial while a considerable part of them will have to be compensated by Israel, which thus could preserve their ethnic majority within the June ’67 borders.
By no means perfect, but a resolution I personally could live with.
Quote from the CJPME- interview 07/2012 on ROR:
/Dr. Finkelstein: My opinion is that a reasonable political solution can be found if Israelis negotiate in good faith. But to date, the official Israeli position is that they don’t accept any historical, legal, political or moral responsibility for the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem. That is a nonstarter.
Negotiations must start from the premises that (1) Israel bears overwhelming responsibility for the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem, and (2) Palestinians have a right of return.
Once these points are acknowledged by Israel, I think a resolution can be found./