As a result of the 1948 war, some 710,000 Palestinian refugees flee to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and surrounding Arab states. With the exception of those in Jordan, Palestinian refugees are not treated well by their new host governments. UN General Assembly Resolution 194 is passed, establishing the Palestine Conciliation Commission; its goal is to resolve the refugee issues. Arab states and the Soviet Bloc vote against resolution because it includes recognition of Israel, despite calling for a return of Palestinian refugees to their homes. Israel refuses to accept 100,000 Arab refugees into Israel until Arab states recognize Israel’s legitimacy. Israel will refuse to implement this resolution because Palestinian return to Israel would jeopardize Israel remaining a majority Jewish state.(source)
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