Jun. 28, 2019
- Economic Development Does Not Top the PA’s List of Priorities – Prof. Eyal Zisser
The U.S. has revealed parts of its Middle East peace plan, highlighted by a $50 billion, ten-year Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal. Yet the Palestinians have already decided to reject the American plan outright, along with all Arab or international attempts to promote stability. From the Palestinians’ perspective, the only possible solution involves the international community imposing the entirety of their demands on Israel.
Moreover, the Palestinians’ behavior over the years teaches us that stability or economic development don’t top their list of priorities and that a situation of volatility and constant distress better serves their national and political goals. The writer is a lecturer in the Middle East History Department at Tel Aviv University. (Israel Hayom)