Barry Rubin demolishes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s most recent peace plan – a $4 billion investment in the utterly nonexistent Palestinian tourism industry – by doing something too few Western experts ever really bother to do: looking at the reality on the ground. Because the reality is, a $4 billion investment will be a $4 billion waste.
Kerry has chosen the worst possible plan — investment in an industry that is incredibly sensitive to political unrest. Are Palestinians going to become hotel managers, waiters, lifeguards at swimming pools, and so on? What will Hamas think about the influx of massive numbers of Western tourists? The sale of alcohol? Western women coming in wearing whatever they want? What would happen to this investment if there was a single terrorist attack in the West Bank, much less one against tourists? Might events in nearby Egypt and Syria affect Western tourism.