Saturday 10 December 2016

Life is now better in the West Bank

Published 26/08/2010 | 05:00

Charles Murphy (Letters, August 23) is greatly mistaken in his criticisms of Israel's involvement in the West Bank.

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Mr Murphy would have us believe that some form of 'apartheid' exists there. It is a strange form of 'apartheid' that, since Israel acquired control of the West Bank: Arab life expectancy has gone up from 48 to 73; infant mortality has been reduced from 60 to 15 per 1,000 births; and the number of universities has increased from one to seven.

Contrary to what the writer appears to believe, Arab Palestinians in the West Bank have lived since 1993 under the rule of the autonomous Palestinian Authority, pending a final two-state peace agreement.

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