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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

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