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    • Jacob Blues
    • 19.06.07 | 19:52 (IDT)

    I'm not sure where Nehemia Shtrasler is getting the figures for the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt and Jordan, but from where I sit, I see a far different picture than the one painted in the op-ed. If one goes to the World Bank data page, the near-term per-capita GNI (gross national income) is depicted as follows for the years 2000 and 2005, respetively in US$: Gaza/West Bank: $1,580 / $1,230 Egypt: $1,450 / $1,260 Jordan: $1,770 / $2,460 If one goes to the International Monetary Fund web site, the data (which only stretches back to 1980) is somewhat different. Again, per-capita GDP in US$ for the years 1980, 1994, 2000, 2007: note, the 2007 data are estimates. Jordan: $1,750 / $1,497 / $1,755 / $2,777 Egypt: $ 551/ $ 920 / $1,549/ $1,755 While the West Bank and Gaza are not published in this data table, there is a subsequent report which mentions the per-capita GDP: 1999: $1,938 2000: $1,861 2006: $1,764

    from the article: Unmoved by the humanitarian crisis
    First published 00:00 19.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 19.06.07
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