Supporters and members of the Palestine community attend a rally for peace in Gaza, in Santiago, August 9, 2014..
(photo credit: REUTERS)
If there’s one person I wish world leaders would listen to in the New Year that began last week, it’s an anonymous physician from Gaza identified only by his initial. “I wish Israel never existed, but as it does not seem to be going away, I would rather be working in Israel like I used to before the first intifada, not fighting it,” F. told
Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian-Jordanian living in Britain, earlier this month.
F. isn't alone. In a poll
of Palestinian attitudes conducted by the Washington Institute in June, shortly before the Gaza war began, over 80 percent of respondents said they “definitely” or “probably” wanted more Palestinians to be allowed to work in Israel, while a smaller but still decisive majority wanted Israeli companies to provide more jobs in the West Bank and Gaza. And in a rare moment of honesty this July, even senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk acknowledged his people’s hunger for work, saying
he would prefer an Israeli reoccupation to Gaza’s current situation, because “occupation means providing electricity, water and jobs.”