A road sign with Hebrew.
The United States Agency for International Development
(USAID), an independent federal agency "that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State" has embarked on a four-year, $20-million project to help Palestinians prepare for statehood in the West Bank by replacing road signs
that include Arabic, English, and Hebrew with ones just in Arabic and English.
Comment: So much for the prospects of normalization, harmonious peace, or a Palestinian population content to live side-by-side with Israel. (August 27, 2009)
Nov. 15, 2009 update: In a comment on this entry, Tobias points to "Israel entfernt arabische Ortsschilder." It tells how Israel's Transportation Minister Israel Katz is in the process of taking down road signs that provide Arabic place names.
Comments: (1) This does change the complexion of the Palestinian steps. (2) Two wrongs do not make a right and the U.S. taxpayer should not be footing the bill for either action.
Related Topics: Arab-Israel conflict & diplomacy, US policy
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