"Politics is sometimes hard. You're right in front of me now and you're an extremely sympathetic person. But you also know in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are thousands and thousands and if we were to say you can all come... we just can't manage it."
That's what German Chancellor Angela Merkel said to Reem, a Palestinian teenager whose family faces deportation from Germany, on German television recently.
A bridge too far, Frau Merkel?
Well, how about you call on Israel to admit those thousands and thousands of Palestinian refugees in camps in Lebanon and elsewhere?
You could remind them that if Germany has done the right thing and made room for thousands of German/Israeli dual nationals,* the descendents of German Jews ethnically cleansed by the Nazis in the 1930s, Israel should do the same and make room for the descendents of Palestinian refugees ethnically cleansed by Israeli forces in 1948.
And you might like to add: 'No more nice, shiny German war toys until you do.'**
[*See my 25/10/09 post Treat 'Em Mean; **See Jews stream back to Germany, Donald Snyder, forward.com, 8/4/12.]