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What do Palestinians want?

"What do Palestinians want?" Continued...

Issue: "O Jerusalem," April 10, 2010

Munayer said, "I often feel that I am living inside of two realities-a political reality that is hopeless and a spiritual reality that is not. So which reality do you go with?" He believes that for too long resolution has been focused on the externals-the holy sites around Jerusalem and border disputes-while the internal challenge of winning hearts and minds went neglected. "Here's the place where I am now: God is absorbing evil like a sponge and transforming it for good. A lot of it is hidden but it is happening in people's hearts."

Snapshot

Under a series of agreements signed through 1999, Israel transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA) security and civilian responsibility for many Palestinian-populated areas of the West Bank and Gaza. The current PA government in the West Bank is led by independent Salam Fayyad, the prime minister.
ISRAEL
Land area: 8,356 sq miles
Population: 7,233,701*
Religion: Jewish 76.4%
Muslim 16%
Arab Christians 1.7%
other Christian 0.4%
Druze 1.6%
unspecified 3.9%
GDP: $205.2 billion or $28,400 (2009 est.) per capita
Unemployment: 8%
WEST BANK
Land area: 2,178 sq miles
Population: 2,461,267
Religion: Muslim 75% (predominantly Sunni)
Jewish 17%
Christian and other 8%
GDP: $12.79 billion or $2,900 (2008 est.) per capita
Unemployment: 19%
*note: includes about 187,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank, about 20,000 in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, and fewer than 177,000 in East Jerusalem
source: CIA World Factbook

Mindy Belz
Mindy Belz

Mindy travels to the far corners of the globe as the editor of WORLD and lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

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