Doesn't Israel have the right to determine requirements for residency within its borders? Israel considers Jerusalem to be part of Israel not Palestine. If these people were not residents of the territory when Israel captured or annexed it, then their status must be determined in accordance with Israeli laws
But they were residents when they captured it, and that's the point. Furthermore, Jews worldwide who have never lived in the Mideast are granted instant on demand. Do you not see a problem with a nation that portends to be a democracy using religion to determine what a person's rights are? Do you have any idea of the number of Arabs who Israel routinely strips of citizenship and residency rights on an annual basis for some of the most trivial and contrived offenses?
Suppose these people had been living at a known terrorist training camp for all those years, would you suggest that Israel has an obligation to allow them to return? I realize that is the most extreme example in justification for excluding people from entering, but what is a reasonable set of circumstances that exclusion is justified? If you say there are no circumstances then you have unrealistic expectations. The article you quoted is silent as to what these people were doing for the "several years" they were abroad. So it is impossible to determine from the article whether Israel's actions are reasonable or not.
Come on man. It's an incontrovertible fact that these decisions by the Israeli government are religiously motivated. Don't you know that Israel has over 30 laws on its books that preferecne Jews over Gentiles. Zionism means different things to different people, but to the hardliners who are currently running the government, it means Jewish supremacy and subjugation of Gentiles. At least Israelis like Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, Meir Kahane and Benny Morris were honest about this fact. They didn't try to use the self-defense or terrorism argument to justify acts like the Deir Yassin massacre, rather they said the it was necessary to rid the area of Gentiles prior to the creation of Israel, otherwise Arabs would have remained the majority and it would have been impossible to create a Jewish state. Here's an excerpt from Yitzhak Rabin's biography: "We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Alon repeated his question: "What is to be done with the population?" BG waved his hand in a gesture, which said: Drive them out! … I agreed that it was essential to drive the inhabitants. out."
Here's and excerpt from Benny Morris' book Operation Dani and the Palestinian Exodus from Lydda and Ramle in 1948
: "At 13.30 hours on 12 July … Lieutenant-Colonel Yitzhak Rabin, operation Dani head Operation, issued the following order: ’1. The inhabitants of Lydda must be expelled quickly without attention to age. They should be directed to Beit Nabala,… Implement Immediately.’ A similar order was issued at the same time to the Kiryati Brigade concerning the inhabitants of the neighboring town of Ramle, occupied by Kiryati troops that morning… On 12 and 13 July, the Yaftah brigades carried out their orders, expelling the 50-60,000 remaining inhabitants of and refugees camped in and around the two towns….
About noon on 13 July, Operation Dani HQ informed IDF General Staff/Operations: ‘Lydda police fort has been captured. [The troops] are busy expelling the inhabitants…. Lydda’s inhabitants were forced to walk eastward to the Arab legion lines; many of Ramle’s inhabitants were ferried in trucks or buses. Clogging the roads… the tens of thousands of refugees marched, gradually shedding their worldly goods along the way. It was a hot summer day. The Arab chroniclers, such as Sheikh Muhammed Nimr al Khatib, claimed that hundreds of children died in the march, from dehydration and disease. One Israeli witness described the spoor: the refugee column ‘to begin with [jettisoned] utensils and furniture and, in the end, bodies of men, women, and children."