Saturday, October 3, 2015

Understanding the Economy in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

The COGs tend to portray many things in a simplistic black and white manner. Alternative explanations are ignored. This is true with the COGs portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They say, "One side is good. The other side is bad. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will continue without interruption until Christ returns."

But because the COGs think they know what is "really happening" with that conflict any contrary information about it is casually ignored. To get out of their information bubble on this issue is the same as critiquing other forms of misinformation propagated by the COGs.

For those who wish to get out of the COGs' information bubble about that conflict it would well worth their time to try out The Political Economy of Israel's Occupation by Shir Hever (2010).

I found this book to be as thrilling and exciting as a good detective story in trying to uncover and explain economic matters in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

There is a lot of things going on which the COGs will never bother to mention in their publications. Hever mentions quite a few issues.

For instance Hever mentions that during the second intifada Israel's economic growth stalled at first but then from about 2002 onward Israel's economy began to expand and recover. But in the Palestinian territories their economy did not recover but instead the Palestinians endured the phenomenon of stagflation with wages falling but prices still getting higher and higher. But Israel did not go through that. How did that happen? Let Hever explain in Chapter 3.

It is a book well worth reading.

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