Every time the standard of living in the Palestinian parts of the West Bank reaches a new zenith, an Intifada breaks out and turns back the wheel. This was the case in 1987, this is what happened in 2000, and this may be happen now.
Based on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s view, which wholly contradicts the views of his predecessors Sharon and Olmert, negotiations for a final-status agreement are only being maintained because of diplomatic persistence. Meanwhile, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been resolved and settled for the most part, and the issues still pending can certainly wait for future generations. Now, Israel must help the Palestinians in developing a free market economy and encouraging foreign investment. This is our mission in the region and there is no other one. The economic normalization, known as “economic peace,” will provide a response to anything.
The tensions between economic and personal progress and a diplomatic and national dead-end tear Palestinian society apart.
The next Intifada, should it break out, may focus on Temple Mount, yet its logic will not really be related to religious feelings. Just like in previous times, its origin will be the volatile cocktail of a diplomatic dead-end coupled with an economic tie. As it turns out, the two don’t go well together.