Is there a glimmer of hope? Re: Green shoots in Palestine, International Herald Tribune/New York Times, August 4, 2009

By all accounts life is getting better for Palestinians living in the West Bank, as opposed to those living in Gaza. Why? Because Israel has eased restrictions, including checkpoints, as a direct result of  the Palestinians improvements in security.  Since Israelis have less to fear from the West Bank, Palestinians living there have much more control over their own lives, a growing economy and a rising standard of living. According to the International Monetary Fund the economy of the West Bank should grow by seven per cent this year. This bodes very well for the future. Conversely, life remains wretched for Palestinians living in Gaza because of the violence they continually direct towards Israel, which of course results in their subjugation. This will have to stop if they want to move forward like their brethren in the West Bank. Can it happen?

Maybe. Two things are certain though. Gazans lives will never improve until they reject violence and allow Israelis to live in peace and security and their lives will definitely improve if and when they do so. Hopefully they will have the sense to recognize and understand this and the courage to act on these beliefs by ridding themselves of the ideologues, theocrats and thugs in their midst who keep them mired in misery.

They’ll even get their own state in due course. Simple aye? Recognize Israel’s right to exist and cut out the violence and all things are possible. Stay on the current path and there will be more of the same ad infinitum. If the first occurs they will deserve a great deal of credit because they were able to rise above their circumstances and if the second occurs they will have no one to blame but themselves because they weren’t.

As always.

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