A ruling by the European Union's highest court yesterday is a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences. The court ruled that the EU's free trade agreement with
Legally speaking, it's hard to quarrel with the ruling: even Israeli law doesn't view the West Bank as Israeli, as it does East Jerusalem and the
But as the Associated Press noted, the biggest victims may well be not Israelis but Palestinians. Many Israeli firms moved to the
Moreover, European efforts to tax these companies have already persuaded some to move back to
Europeans are obviously entitled to put principle above the consequences for Palestinian employment; countries make such decisions all the time. But the fact remains that once again, the biggest victims of efforts to advance the "peace process" will be ordinary Palestinians.
Thousands of Gazans, for instance, used to work for Israeli firms in the Erez industrial zone on the Israel-Gaza border. Today, Erez is a ghost town with no prospect of ever reopening: having withdrawn from
Moreover, tens of thousands of Palestinians used to work inside
If that sounds counterproductive, it is. Unfortunately, the EU clearly doesn't get it.
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