Shocking report at Haaretz, on Israel's defiance of the idea of Palestinian statehood. The country has prepared a 44 page report saying that Palestine can't stand on its own two feet economically, so Europe must prop up the bantustans.
"Another talking point to justify continuing Israel's apartheid one-state solution," says Ilene Cohen, who passed this along, and who long supported the two state solution because it was international consensus. Haaretz:
Israel is expected to present a report Wednesday at a donor meeting on Palestinian aid in Brussels claiming that the Palestinian Authority is not sufficiently stable to meet the standards of a well-functioning state..
Israel is expected to emphasize before the donor countries that despite the growth of recent years, the Palestinian Authority still needs foreign aid to survive.
"The fiscal crisis is especially acute because much of the West Bank economy still depends on the public sector and on construction projects, both still heavily financed by foreign aid. It also serves as an alarming warning sign for the stability of the Palestinian economy," the report said.
This shows what occupation has done to the Palestinian economy, this shows how essential international donor aid is to the Israeli occupation. And this shows why Europeans are becoming increasingly angry about what their aid is supporting.