News Brief 10/8/2013, Cheshvan 4, 5774
Samaria to World Bank: Sure, Blame Us
The Palestinian Authority (PA) economy could expand by over a third if Israel were to lift its restrictions on about 60 percent of Judea and Samaria that it controls, the World Bank said in a report published Tuesday, as the IMF prepares to inject the PA with more cash. However, a top official in Samaria (Shomron) said in response that the World Bank is playing a blame game in an effort to pin the corrupt PA's woes on Israel. .
"More than half the land in the West Bank, much of it agricultural and resource rich, is inaccessible to Palestinians," said the World Bank report.