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Palestinians must make far-reaching changes

The Oct. 1 editorial “Palestinian Authority’s woes are a problem for US, Israel” correctly notes that the threatened financial collapse of the Palestinian Authority is a serious problem not only for the Palestinians, but for the United States and Israel. If the Palestinian Authority falls, the likely replacement would be Hamas.

However, in assigning blame to the Arab governments who are not making promised payments to the Palestinian Authority, to the United States for partially withholding aid to the Palestinian Authority as a consequence of its counterproductive bid for statehood at the UN, and to restrictive Israeli policies, the editorial neglects to include the most significant impediment to success: the Palestinians themselves.

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