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Romney Lauds Israeli Economy During Wave of Attempted Self-Immolations | Common Dreams

Israel/Palestine correspondent for The Real News Network, Trachansky said today:

“In his address to major donors such as Woody Johnson and Sheldon Adelson (one of Benjamin Netanyahu’s largest supporters), U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney misrepresented Israel’s economy and enraged Palestinian leaders by claiming that the fact that Israel’s GDP is several times larger is because of ‘culture,’ ‘the hand of providence,’ and ‘a few other things.’Flames seen seconds after 52 years old Moshe Silman set himself on fire after a protest for social justice in Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 14, 2012.

“However, according to the World Bank, the numbers Romney put forward were as wrong as his conclusions. In a report published earlier this month, the World Bank actually pointed to growth in the Palestinian economy but concluded that Israel’s ‘security restrictions continue to stymie investment and the recent growth has largely been driven by donor aid. This situation is unsustainable and aid levels have already begun to fall,’ blaming Israel’s occupation as the main obstacle to Palestinian economic success. …”

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