Economy of Occupied Territories 'Isn't Strong Enough'
Suggesting that the poverty fueled by the open-ended Israeli occupation is a justification for the continuation of that occupation, the World Bank today issued a report warning against allowing the creation of an independent Palestine, saying the territory was “too poor.”
The report concludes that the Palestinians don’t participate in enough foreign trade, saying “manufacturing and agriculture have dropped significantly” in recent years and that the only growth industry is the foreign-subsidized Palestinian Authority.
It did mention Israeli restrictions on commerce, but only briefly. Still, this was enough for Israeli officials to shoot off an angry retort that the constraints on the Palestinian economy are based on “vital security needs” of the occupation force.
The report is in stark contrast to the IMF’s 2011 report, which said the organization was satisfied that the Palestinian Authority had created a “strong banking system” and was economically ready for statehood.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Officials Continue to Push Trump Into Retaining US Hostility Toward Russia - January 18th, 2017
- Germany Demands Trump Clarify His Foreign Policy Agenda - January 18th, 2017
- Syria Opposes Qatar, Saudi Arabia Participating in Peace Talks - January 18th, 2017
- Turkey, Russia Launch Joint Airstrikes Against ISIS in Northern Syria - January 18th, 2017
- Rep. Gabbard Visits Damascus on Unannounced Syria Trip - January 18th, 2017