This is a test that should be administered to all of those who think they understand the Israel-Arab conflict and who are happy to give their opinion, often unencumbered by consideration of the facts. Its conclusion is the answer to the question, would you rather be an Israeli or a Palestinian? Here goes:
|People founded||5000 bce||1967 ce|
|State founded||2000 bce||none|
|Population||8 million (incl 20% Arabs)||4 million (Gaza & West Bank)|
|GDP per capita||$35,000||$3,000|
|Armed forces||IDF||Many terrorist orgs.|
|Form of Government||Democratic Republic||Military control|
|Food supplies||Self-sufficient||Dependent on imports|
|Water||Desalination||Dependent on Israel|
|Energy supplies||Natural gas and solar||None|
|Start-up companies||Second in world||Few|
So, given the above facts, if you were forced to choose, who would you rather be, a Palestinian or an Israeli. If you choose the former you are being irrational. Yes, some people like to suffer, but give me a break. And look at the record, notwithstanding total Arab/Muslim support (including financial support from the US and EU as well as total UN support) for 67 years the Palestinians are divided mainly between Hamas and the PLO (Fatah) and have failed to form a State. Their only response to the current situation is continuing to attempt to destroy Israel. It has not worked in the past and it will not work in the future, in fact the gap is increasing with time. That’s why I proudly choose to be an Israeli!
In addition to the above the PLO and the PA have recently been found guilty in a NY Court of being responsible for the deaths of 11 US citizens, out of ca. 500 killed, in terrorist incidents between 2002-2004, and have been fined m$280, an amount that has been tripled due to the US anti-terrorism laws. The PA has appealed, but is likely to have to pay ca. b$1 when it depends entirely for its existence on the kindness of strangers. Also, an Egyptian court has recently categorized Hamas of the Gaza Strip as a terrorist organization. They cannot be happy about these developments, both the PA and Hamas are on the point of collapsing.