Let me get this straight: The Palestinian Authority (and I guess the whole surrounding neighborhood) would be just fine if Israel were only a better neighbor! I must hope that Times readers are smarter than that.
I guess we must add the World Bank (doing business rating), Transparency International (corruption perceptions index), Freedom House (Democracy Index), and the Heritage Foundation (economic freedom index) to Romney’s crowd of insensitive Arab/Muslim/Palestinian bigots. Their institutional quality measures all give Israel a good report card and the Palestinian Authority and its Arab neighbors failing grades. Their scholarly studies show that bad institutions yield low per capita income. Is that not what Romney said?
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