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.
It is no secret that the Palestinian Authority is both corrupt and inefficient in managing the money it does receive in massive aid from around the world. When the European Union sends millions of dollars each year, only a fraction reaches the Palestinian people.
Just as the Palestinians’ lack of independent statehood reflects their own unwillingness to accept a Jewish state as their neighbor, their financial woes also begin at home. Efforts by the United States, Israel, and other outsiders will be of limited benefit to the Palestinians until they put their own house in order and make far-reaching changes that would support both economic viability and peace.