In the Spring issue of Middle East Quarterly, a publication of Daniel Pipes’ hawkishly pro-Israel and Islamophobic Middle East Forum, influential Israeli economic advisor Daniel Doron argues that “free markets can transform the Middle East.” Doron, the founding director of the well-connected “pro-market” Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress, writes:
This “Palestinian leadership” sitting in Ramallah is desperate, desperate to reinvent itself, desperate to keep its self in business of managing the Jewish Occupation. This Palestinian leadership that aborted the First Intifada, which was the closet thing the Palestinians, came to an “Arab Spring” in favor of Oslo Accord and managing the Jewish Occupation.
Yitzhak Rabin was desperate to see the Intifada end and not be on the headline news every day. Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas and their cohorts in the PLO were desperate for new legitimacy and new mission, having lost it all with siding with Saddam Hussein. In Oslo both leaders found what they were looking for with Israel being the only true winner. Israel kept is Jewish Occupation and found in Arafat and the PLO, the willing partner to pay for it. Continue reading →