Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Screw you, I'd rather die

A heartbreaking story in the Times today (which really should have been a page one story) about how the Palestinian Authority has basically ordered Palestinians to stop going to Israeli hospitals.

Like the conflict itself, it's one of those things where you can sort of see both sides of things.

On the Palestinian side:

Their government is bankrupt and they're pouring money into what is essentially their enemy's coffers. And one of the Palestinian doctors pointed out (with some merit) that it creates a culture of dependency. (I don't agree with this interpretation, but it has its points.)

On the Israeli side:

It's not as though Israel is making a profit on this. They're treating Palestinians for the same cost that they're treating Israelis. (At a much lower cost than it would be to treat them, say, in the U.S.) And the fact is, dependency or not, Israel has much better medical care than you can get in the West Bank or Gaza. People will die without access to their technology and expertise.