Funding a failing enterprise

Author Jonathan Schanzer’s informative examination of the Palestinian Authority argues for implementing long-term reform.

By ASAF ROMIROWSKY
December 26, 2013 13:23
3 minute read.
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Mahmoud Abbas and Yasser Arafat in Ramallah in 2003.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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‘If you build it, they will come,” was the line that made Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams famous, as his Ray Kinsella was called upon to build a baseball field that would allow Shoeless Joe Jackson and the seven other players banned in the 1919 Black Sox scandal to play again.

The phrase should be modified in this key way: “If you build it to that end, actual work needs to be put into any enterprise to make it alive and sustainable” – especially if we are talking about state-building.

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