“What is happening on the ground is the creation of a system of apartheid. Of 960 million cubic metres of water that is generated in the West Bank, Palestinians are allowed to use only 109, one-tenth of our water. The rest goes to Israel. On average, a Palestinian citizen in the West Bank is allowed to use no more than 36 cubic metres of water per year, while Israeli settlers in the West Bank can use up to 2,400 cubic metres. We are not allowed to use our own roads and streets. We are not allowed to build houses. We are not allowed to move freely. Our GDP per capita is less than $1,000 while Israel’s is almost $20,000, and still we have an imposed tax and market union which obliges us to buy products at the same cost as Israelis.”
While Sharon lies on his deathbed, the Sydney Morning Herald offers this page one headline: “Peace hopes hang by a thread.” Peace according to whom? We all know the answer.