Letter to the Editor: Ideology Trumps Economics by Michael Goldblatt, Ph.D., Chairman of the ZOA’s Board of Directors
ZOA in the news
August 19, 2005

As published in the the
Wall Street Journal

Messrs. Yago and Prince seem to believe that economics is the key that can unlock even the most intractable of conflicts. This is 24 -carat nonsense. In the Middle East, ideology trumps economics. Just because something is economically advantageous doesn’t it will be accepted — or else Yasser Arafat would have used the Oslo-era infusion of $7 billion in funds to build a thriving society and the Palestinians would be living their fifth year in an independent state alongside Israel. Instead, remaining at war with an Israel they intend to one day annihilate drives the Palestinian movement.

Michael Goldblatt, Ph.D.
Huntingdon Valley, PA

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