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July 29, 2008

Arab States Not Fulfilling Pledges to Palestinians

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Ever since the Oslo accords were signed fifteen years ago, Arab states, especially those infused with petrodollars, have routinely promised large sums of aid to the Palestinians but delivered only a fraction of the amount pledged. A Washington Post article by Glen Kessler discusses this phenomenon.

In reality, the source of the vast majority of financial aid to the Palestinians are the Western nations - the EU and the United States. At a time when Arab oil-producing states are flushed with money, it is curious how little discussion there is on this anomaly of the West providing the bulk of the aid to the Palestinians while their Arab brethren provide empty promises. Meanwhile Egypt makes sure that the economy in Gaza continues to flounder by keeping its borders tightly closed.

An even more interesting analysis would be to evaluate how Arab fulfillment of pledges correlates with periods of Palestinian cooperation with Western peace initiatives versus periods of increased terrorism.

Posted by SS at July 29, 2008 10:50 AM

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