Daily Israel Report

Israeli Sovereignty Has Benefited Arabs

PA report proves Arabs have benefited from Israeli sovereignty in East Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 6/1/2011, 9:31 PM / Last Update: 6/2/2011, 12:17 AM

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A report recently published by the Palestinian Authority's Central Bureau of Statistics demonstrates Arabs in East Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria have reaped the benefits of Israeli sovereignty.

According to the report, Israeli control over Judea and Samaria has had an enormous positive impact on civil infrastructure and improved accessibility to basic resources like water and electricity, as well as opening the region to the Israeli labor market, which has brought a significant increase in GDP.

Quality of life
The situation of the Palestinians today is better off than the Arab citizens in many measures, including: The percentage of expenditure on food, the percentage of expenditure on housing, private ownership of houses, ownership of mobile phones, Internet accessibility, population, literacy rate and longevity.

GDP
Israeli 'Occupation' between 1967 and 1993, after which the PA began administering sections of Judea and Samaria under the Oslo Accords, resulted in a rise in per capita GDP from 904 to 3392 NIS. Under the PA this number dropped to 2293 NIS.

Water
Israel supplied almost all Arab communities in Judea and Samaria with water pipes between 1967 and 1993, bringing the number of homes with indoor plumbing to 90%. The total water supply doubled from 64 million cubic meters a year to 120 million as a result of improved water access.

Life expectancy
Arabs in Judea and Samaria have seen a steady increase in life expectancy from 54 to 74 since 1967, close to that of Israelis, and higher than the median life expectancy of 65 in most Arab countries.

Literacy rates
92% of Arabs of Judea and Samaria are literate, compared to a median of 67% for the Arab world as a whole.

Internet penetration
55% of Arabs in Judea and Samaria, benefiting from Israeli high-tech infrastructure, have internet access - a figure significantly higher than almost all Arab nations today.

Prefer Israel
58% of Arab residents in East Jerusalem prefer to continue living under Israeli sovereignty rather than being annexed to PA control.