World Bank: Israel limits harm PA economy
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Published: 13.03.13, 15:34
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1. The only thing harming the Palestinian "Economy"
Dee Bee ,   Israel   (03.13.13)
Is the Palestinian obsession with killing Israelis! If Abbas and his fellow "militants" would invest more in education and development instead of hatred and murder the Palestinians could live like humans instead of wallowing in the slums and cesspools they have created! Israel builds and develops. Muslims destroy and kill!
2. Israel withheld the January tax revenue and
A ,   Belgium   (03.13.13)
eventually paid it. Is that what the World Bank claims "caused lasting damage"? How much of the millions of dollars promised by the "palestinians" rich bretheren in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere has actually been delivered, and if so, how much of it has been stolen by the corrupt "palestinian" leadership and how much has actually been invested in improving the arabs lives? Same for the generous handouts from the US and EU. If Israel is to blame for all of the "palestinians" financial hardships, maybe its time to cancel work permits for all "palestinians" in Israel (only 7% of Jewish men work in construction, but Asians and E. Europeans also work in construction and can easily replace the arabs) and reduce the "palestinian" exports into Israel. Let them sell their sad story somewhere else, they aren't Israels' responsibility.
3. Direct effects of terrorism
Get Real ,   UK   (03.13.13)
So it's Israels fault,of course. Perhaps if the Palestinians abandoned terrorism, recognised Israel's right to exist,came to the negotiating table and worked with Israel, they would have a better economy AND so would Israel!
5. PA Economy?
Lynn ,   Knoxville   (03.13.13)
What PA economy? The "handouts economy" based on hundreds of millions of dollars of "gifts" from the deluded EU, given mostly to bureaucrats? Or the trinket producing souvenir shops that cater to tourists? PA economy are oxymoronic words.
6. End ALL Israeli support for Fictional Palestine.
Chaim ,   Israel   (03.13.13)
Let every patriotic Israel demand an immediate, permanent end to ALL Israeli support for Fictional Palestine. It is plain lunacy to support our genocidal enemies. Demand Israel stop being the only state, in all of human history, dumb enough to voluntarily support its enemies!! No food. No electricity. No money. No materials. Nothing for Fictional Palestine.
7. #1
Adam ,   Cork   (03.13.13)
You should at least read the article before submitting a talkback. How can you expect their economy to develop when the level of restrictions to freedom of movement are emplaced or when Israeli companies use the West Bank as their own personal dumping ground for toxic waste.
8. palestine "economy" #1
jo moor   (03.13.13)
You are quite correct. But another question is : where are the millions of dollars and euros that were pumped in by EU/USA/UN? ( but glaringly absent are the gulf oil state donations.....maybe they know what their brethren will do with the cash!!)
9. Agree with #1
Mark ,   London, UK   (03.13.13)
Two intifadas, no progress on peace. no infrastructure. It's a wonder there is any economy left. Their friends in Syria seem to have gone one better by completely destroying their own country. He ho....
10. Its 50/50
Sammy ,   Newcastle   (03.13.13)
We also have to ask ourselves Is there a better way to Palestinian Statehood than using violence incitement and pressure? Not talking directly with Israel and just flag waving and gathering sympathy and protest is nonsensical Just as it was nonsensical to have all but stopped the livelihoods of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of Palestinians working in Israel because of a bunch of murderous terrorists... We spend more time and energy on PR and Image and demonising Israel than we do on building an economy. There are thousands and thousands of well educated creative and talented youngsters in the West Bank..who should be encouraged to cooperate with all our neighbours including Israel instead of finding ways of killing them Cooperation breeds trust and trust breeds reconciliation and reconciliation breeds mutual respect and mutual respect breeds give and take and give and take breeds prosperity So PA...look at both sides of the situation..and then you may see more clearly
11. Some cheek
Christo ,   Cyprus   (03.13.13)
Oh yea, so they can go to the un to get recognition,demonstrate in bilin or kalandia, boycott israeli goods, launch rockets from gaza,. What Do they expect? That Israel give them flowers. Some cheek they got! Israel is not as stupid as they think.
12. # 6-2-11..No but you are...
Edithann ,   USA   (03.13.13)
You hate them so much and are so racist you don't understand anything but you're own need for 'REVENGE'... You took their homes and lands and left them with nothing, built roads they cannot travel while you demolish their homes destroy their Olives and agriculture.., , ...and you think they're to blame?? You are funny, stupid and very the extent you're society is falling apart and reverting to 'Stone Age' behavior and mentality...Next stage is walking up right!...but you wont bwe there that long..Immigration is up! Israeli's are leaving in droves..even back to Germany..How's that for progress backwards? . TATA
13. Warsaw ghetto economy had same problem, a prison economy
Steve Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN USA   (03.13.13)
14. Adam # 7
Eaglebeak ,   Left Coast, USA   (03.13.13)
It's a pity the article didn't mention how the Pals destroyed the green houses Israel left behind when they pulled out of Gaza. The Pals are not capable of standing on their own two feet and can only exist with handouts. But hey.....Sufa Arafat is doing quite well. The funny thing is that if the Pals were to trade places with the Jews then the State of Israel would become a dump and Gaza would prosper. Jews have the attitude and ablility to succeed where the Pals don't. If Israel lifted all restrictions it wouldn't give the Pals the ability to maintain a viable economy. The problem here isn't Israel.
15. No Such Thing as "Palestinian" Economy
Chaim Ben Kahan ,   Efrat, Israel   (03.13.13)
Unless one considers the money that Pals beg and steal.
16. That's always been Israels starve them into
Edithann ,   USA   (03.13.13)
Jordan.....It's not rocket science...and it should be a war crime... TATA
17. As economic reports go - this is childish.
Jrebecca ,   modiin   (03.13.13)
18. world bank complaints
alex ,   new york   (03.13.13)
A critical point WB should also examine : The rising anti-Israel movements in THEIR backyards, along with antisemitism and commerce boycotts (see Austria, Sweden,Holland, Norway, etc) are also major contributors to the poor export picture of Palestinian-produced, Israeli-exported goods, despite their top quality...Mirror, mirror on the wall...
19. #1. "toxic waste."
A ,   Belgium   (03.13.13)
Are you refering to the appx. 650,000 Jews who live in Judah, Samaria, and the suburbs of the capital city Jerusalem, or can you prove which Israeli companies use these areas "as their own personal dumping ground for toxic waste." If not, than put a cork in it and bugger off.
20. #12 Only thing backwards around here
A ,   Belgium   (03.13.13)
is the way your head is screwed on TATA
21. #1 Sorry, my post at 19 was meant for #7
A ,   Belgium   (03.13.13)
Anyway theres is more than enough toxic waste at #12-13.
22. #13 Jews were put in the ghetto to be exterminated
A ,   Belgium   (03.13.13)
and the fact that you compare that situation with the "palestinians" being allowed to work in Israel proves what an extremely disturbed AMERIKAN racist you are, if you even are an Amerikan.
23. #13 Benassi - Yours is a self induced
BEN JABO (MACHAL) ,   ISRAEL   (03.14.13)
crappy economy..You must learn to get along with your neighbors and avoid trying to kill
24. #16 Edithann - Hundreds of truck with
BEN JABO (MACHAL) ,   ISRAEL   (03.14.13)
food are being allowed to pass through daily. If Israel really wanted to starve them out, they wouldn't get water, fuel or electric from Israel, which they continue to get Israel is the first nation in History that has fed its sworn enemy while still at war Your post she be the war crime, it's so full of your usual lies
25. steve benassi in Silver Bay
tiki ,   belgium   (03.15.13)
I always love your comments! They are hilarious, so full of wit and a funny perspective on Israeli politics. Keep on the good work if it gives you a good feeling, because all of us know where you're coming from. Poor Stevie, so frustrated it must hurt. I hope you have a nice week-end, so you can amuse us next week again with your intelligent 'insights.
26. #12. Actually Israel is thriving.
Chaim ,   Israel   (03.15.13)
Israel's enemies have published rubbish such as yours for decades. Meanwhile, Israel gets stronger, richer and more wonderful every year. Don't you have anything better to do than constantly post hateful rubbish?
27. #24. Israeli support for terrorist P.A. is obscene.
Chaim ,   Israel   (03.15.13)
#24. You are absolutely right about the endless convoys of Israeli trucks showering our "Palestinian" would be genocidists with food, money, materials of all kinds. Also electricity. However, this is not something to be proud of. It is lunacy. Israeli support for the genocidal terrorist P.A. is obscene.
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