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Submitted by PezDispenser (Israel), Mar 8, 2017 at 15:24

Dr. Pipes,

You once mentioned that you don't see materialism as being a significant answer to the region's problems. That said, it is a fact that in the past thousands of Palestinians went as far as Kuwait to earn a living and many infiltrate into Israel to work and earn a much higher salary than what they'd get in the PA. Therefore, my idea is that even if Amman won't agree to take over control of the PA towns, it is in the interests of Israel and the US to build up Amman as a economic center in exchange for allowing most Palestinians work permits.

Tel Aviv cannot serve as their economic solution nor will the corrupt PA allow economic freedom, but Amman is within driving distance! Imagine tens of thousands of blue collar and white collar Palestinians commuting to Amman on a daily basis and returning at night to their bedroom community in the West Bank. Do you see the potential benefit? In other words, while Palestine won't be a country anytime soon, it can be the "New Jersey" to Amman's "NYC".


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Daniel Pipes replies:

That's an interesting idea, with two main obstacles. First, as you note, I don't see economic well-being as a solution to Palestinian rejectionism. Second, Amman and many other parts of Jordan already have a surfeit of cheap labor thanks to the Syrian refugees, so the Palestinians will be both unwelcome and hard pressed to find employment.

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