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Palestinians are not interested in America's economic workshop and prefer to work on a gradual economic separation from Israel. I still vividly remember what a World Bank official once told me, “What Palestine needs is the end of occupation and restrictions for its economy to boom. You are not Bangladesh with 200 million mouths to feed, you have well-educated population and you are near major world markets, all you need is to be able to move people and goods around, and within five year your economy would be doing just fine.”. I remember this conversation as news came out of a pending US effort to hold a two-day economic ‘workshop’ in the Bahrain capital of Manama on June 25 and 26. The... Full story

23 May