Lee Smith writes that, contrary to the Palestinian diaspora (which is very successful and affluent), Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have focused on a feckless drive to destroy Israel and have, in the process, done tremendous damage to…themselves.
Smith, for Tablet Magazine:
Culture is a thorny issue—one that is almost invariably, and often intentionally, confused with race. (Not surprisingly, both Erekat and Masri charged Romney with racism.) But the problem with the Palestinian economy is obviously not the Palestinians as a people. In contrast to the Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza, who are largely dependent on foreign aid, the Palestinian diaspora is successful around the world, including here in the United States.