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Study: Israelis and Palestinians would be $173 billion richer with a Palestinian state

on Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:31 pm
What could a new Palestinian state be worth in dollars? Answer: $173 billion over 10 years.

That is a bunch of zeros, with a lot of caveats. But a report released Monday by the number crunchers at the Rand Corp. suggests that one solution to the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict — based on “two states for two peoples” — is ... a cash cow.

The Rand researchers performed a thought experiment to forecast the financial gain or loss of five possible future scenarios for the conflict, from a “two-state solution” to “violent uprising.” They warn: “We make no prediction about the likelihood of any of them becoming reality.” Good advice these days in the Middle East.

Rand concludes that a two-state solution, with a sovereign state of Palestine as a demilitarized next-door neighbor to Israel, based on previous U.S. proposals about following 1967 armistice lines with land-swapping to include most of the Jewish settlements, is the best financial option for both economies....................

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