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    • fagin
    • 06.11.05 | 08:22 (IST)

    1 jordan was in charge of the west bank for almost 20 years and did nothing for higher education or indeed for elementary schools. 2 suddenly when israel is in charge they rush through universities? just because palestinian students could not get through to jordan? jordan was remiss in establishing elementary education in the west bank and suddenly they want universities on their own iniative? nothing to do with the fact that israel was then in charge? 3 dayan was in charge and he saw that there was a need for the universities.they asked for them and he encouraged the move.would jordan have been so receptive after 20 years of doing nothing?would anyone have dared even ask jordan for higher education? 4 i repeat that there were few elementary schools so to think that jordan was the prime mover in the establishment of the universities is nothing more then startling. 5 there were many liberal coordinators who were in charge from the earliest days.eliezer was one of many who came later.he has said on more then one occasion that israel was very much the facilitator in the move to higher education in the west bank. 6 other liberal coordinators who came later and were helpful in this respect include oren shahor and yaakov orr(mendelson). 7 your encouragement to the opposition to persist in the thinking that israelis were two dimensional villains and "had no interest in establishing higher education" does not do justice to israel.

    from the article: On the same page, ten years on
    First published 00:00 04.11.05 | Last updated 00:00 04.11.05
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