A Double-Bind Wrapped in a Paradox Hidden Through the Looking Glass
Have you ever wondered why there are never any Palestinian demonstrations against the building of the Israeli settlements? Can you imagine the PR value of a hundred little blue eyed school girls, sitting in the road, shaking in terror as they blocked bulldozers?
The reason those images never materialize is because Palestinians are employed by the thousands in the construction industry building the settlements. Despite billions of dollars meant to stimulate the economy, corrupt Palestinian leaders have managed to siphon enormous sums of money. To deny workers a job would only bring attention to the Palestinian leadership misdeeds- that, and they have no desire to actually taker care of their brethren. Arab nations promise lots of aid in grand public displays of solidarity but don’t deliver. Working construction on a settlement is a guarantee of a steady paycheck. Thus, in what is an ironic reality the settlements are a de facto Palestinian Authority project.
It does not take much to see how this arrangement facilitates the dysfunctional status quo. Israel gets her settlements, Arabs get steady work and all the while, a viable Palestinian state becomes less of an attainable reality.
The arrangement works for everybody. Palestinian leaders find all this perfectly acceptable. Benefiting from graft and corruption is a lot easier than being responsible for roads, electricity, trash collection and infrastructure maintenance. Having to provide those services means less money for the taking. Further, real governance means actual accountability, a concept the Palestinian leadership has never had to deal with- and show no real desire to change that reality.