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    • Zev Davis
    • 11.11.10 | 16:00 (IST)

    Sorry, but were the Palestinians, say, Kenyans, and their leader was closer to, say Jomo Kenyatta, or perhaps, Mandella in South Africa. In both cases their models were what passed for civil society in Africa, not quite English, but close enough. Then too, they didn't destroy "the enemy", or have any intentions of throwing them out. The result was that both in Kenya and South Africa, it ain't poifect, but it kinda works. Islamic Arab society has always had problems with creating a civil society, and except for North Africa, where Europeans left some hints of what should be there, and what shouldn't the rest of the Arab speaking world is based that resemble authoritarianism more than they resemble sound government. Indeed, the Arab Palestinians in the State of Israel have learned to throw out the mukhtars and replace them with a more representative social and political arrangements. It's clear that the Arabs in the PA would like to have a similar system, but . . . but when all their whiz kid Fayyad can say about the loss of the millions of dollars and euros is "duh", you gotta wonder what kind of infrastructure you are going to get. Yeah, the better jobs are with Israelis. Granted, they don't get National Insurance of National Health, but it begs the question--why don't, or why can't the Palestinian Arab employers offer compariable wages. Considering that they, too, often are subcontracting for Israelis, what are they doing with money they are paid for "their services". Could this be another version of "its grand how the money passes hands" (from the benefactors of the Peace Camp to the Palestinian Arab leadership in the PA)?

    from the article: A glimpse at the Palestinians who build Israeli settlements
    First published 05:35 11.11.10 | Last updated 05:35 11.11.10
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