The situation of Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza is far better than the image that media present, and their gross domestic product and, life expectancy are among the highest in the Arab world, the Asian Times reported.
Calling their situation “hopeless but not serious,” the newspaper’s columnist “Spengler” wrote on Tuesday that the gross domestic product in Judea, Samaria and Gaza is $3,380 per person, higher than in Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The figures are based on the 2004 populating studies by the Begin-Sadat Center that estimates the Palestinian Authority population at 2.5 million people and not the 3.8 million reported by the PA.
The columnist explained that the PA uses higher numbers in order to receive more foreign aid and added, “Where is life not intolerable in the Arab world?”
Although the United Nations frequently reports on the dire straits of Arabs in Gaza, 44 percent of Egyptians live on less than $2 a day, according to U.S. estimates.
Life expectancy for PA Arabs is 73.4 years, higher than almost every other Arab country, except for Oman and Bahrain, where the average is 75.6 years, while Arabs in Egypt live on average to the age of 71.3 years and in Jordan 72.5 years.
Literacy in the PA is 92.4 percent, compared with 71.4 percent in Egypt and 80.8 percent in Syria.
Other statistics show that the Palestinian Authority is emerging as a police state, with a higher force of security personnel per capita than most other areas. With one out of every four Arabs between the ages of 20 and 40 using guns for a living in the armed forces, Spengler noted that the potential for violence is high.
Jordan recently announced plans to train a 50,000-member police force in Judea and Samaria, which would leave one armed officer for every 41-70 citiziens, depending on which population statistics are used. The ratio is four times that of major American cities.
Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Monday that the economic growth rate in Judea and Samaria is seven percent and that wages are up 24 percent.
– From Israel National News