By Micah Halpern
June 19, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) just published a very telling study.
The study showed that a vast number of Palestinians believe that they do not live in freedom and that their leaders and institutions are corrupt. They indicated that they believe that if they vocalize critique, they will be punished. They answered that there is no freedom of press.
72.9% of those asked answered that PA institutions under Abbas are corrupt. 61% answered that institutions under Hamas are corrupt.
This is a damning report especially because half of those asked answered that the solution to their economic problems should be to have talks with Israel and get foreign aid. The question was clearly asked as a ruse. The answer was: fool the world in order to get aid.
There is no doubt that the Palestinians are in very difficult circumstances. The only way for them to get on their feet is to become economically independent and to root out corruption.
Not surprisingly, it has nothing to do with Israel, it is all an internal Palestinian issue.
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