Palestinian Economy

It is said that the Israeli economy has grown by over 30% in 5 years, despite wars and the Intifada. The Palestinian economy is just the opposite.

The best proof for this came from Nigel Roberts, a senior offical at the World Bank. He has noted that Palestinians receive the highest level of aid per capita in the world, but implies that little seems to come of it.

And now along comes a report from Israel’s Civil Administration, responsible for the social and economic welfare of the West Bank. It starts by saying that as a result of less violence in the region, over 100 roadblocks have been removed. And thus?

Unemployment is dropping fast, although still too high at 19%. Tourism in places like Bethlehem has nearly doubled upto June 2008. Agricultural exports to Israel are up 25%, even after a disasterous weather spell. And so on.

This all generates real income, which assumedly must filter to the average man in the street. This will weaken the dependence on aid. And it was this aid, which seemed to feed only the violence and thus, ironically, into stabilising previous poverty levels.

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  1. Ezekiel a man with a masters degree about labor force.
    Ezekiel 39:8-29 8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
    9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
    10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.
    11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.
    12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.
    13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD.
    14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.
    15 And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog.
    16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.
    17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.
    18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
    19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
    20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
    21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
    22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
    23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
    24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.
    25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;
    26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.
    27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;
    28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.
    29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
    Ezekiel


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