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Making a profit in Palestine

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Here's an interesting discussion of how difficult it is to start a business in the West Bank.



I don't get how any of this makes Israel more safe. It deprives Israel of a Palestinian business elite that wouldn't be sympathetic to the more hostile elements in Palestinian society. And it forestalls the development of a middle class that'd be more interested in advancing economically than sticking to maximalist political aims.


From what I can tell, the only reason Israel needs checkpoints within the West Bank is to protect the settlers living there. Which is a shame, since many of those settlements won't survive the peace deal most Israelis hope for. And in the meantime, you get a situation in which eighteen year old Israeli soldiers get to decide whether a Palestinian supermarket gets restocked or not.


It just doesn't make any sense.

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