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    • Jacob Blues
    • 12.05.10 | 18:59 (IDT)

    According to IMF figures, Israel's gross domestic product (GDP) has climbed from approximately $50 billion in 1990 to approximately $200 billion today. Check those figures against Israel's neighbors (Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan), and Israel has achieved significant gains during the past two decades. In reality, it has been the growth in technology, and the computer industry that has been at the forefront of Israel's economic improvement, not 'peace'. But take a step back, and realize that during this period, Israel has taken steps towards peace, including the continuation of the Camp David accords with Egypt, and the peace treaty signed with Jordan back in the mid-1990's. That Israel hasn't come to terms with Syria, and its satellite Lebanon, can be held to the understanding that the dictator in Damascus is not willing to pay the coin (real peace and normalized relations) for the Golan. Meanwhile, the Palestinians remain incapable of saying yes to repeated Israeli peace ovatures, including the last one proffered by former PM Olmert. The current stonewalling by President Abbas shows the Palestinians still split between the recalcitant Fatah, and the extremist and rejectionist HAMAS. As for Iran, it seems somewhat disengeneous that Ha'Aretz editors would blame Israel's economic situation much less its peace entreaties on its own government when the regime in Tehran continues to voice repeated calls for Israel's outright destruction.

    from the article: There will be no economic prosperity without peace
    First published 04:58 12.05.10 | Last updated 04:58 12.05.10
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