Inside Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Feeling the Pulse of the West Bank
Fayyad says a state could be ready by 2011 if Palestinians started developing it now, instead of waiting for a final peace agreement. Fayyad has recently released a plan laying the groundwork for a Palestinian state through economic and infrastructural development. (Read more here).
And since his election this March, Netanyahu has pushed his plan for “economic peace,” saying he will boost the Palestinian economy as a way of working towards peace. His orders to remove several checkpoints throughout the West Bank is touted by supporters as a boon to economic development. But Netanyahu’s plan is criticized by skeptics for measures that may turn out to be temporary and reversible. (Read more here)
So how is the West Bank doing?
We sent reporters around the West Bank to get a sense of how the push for economic development is being felt on the ground, from Jenin in the north, to Hebron in the south.
Click here for an overview of the West Bank’s economic development, where “Palestinians looking through the prism of 42 years of occupation are suspicious even of supposed ‘good news’.”
And if you’re thinking of investing in the West Bank–think again, say foreign born Palestinian businessmen who argue that economic conditions in the West Bank, for them, are worse than ever.