The Palestinian plight isn't Israel's fault for one very simple reason; the Palestinian Authority controls the Palestinians, not Israel. It's like saying that Germany is at fault for the economic downfall in Greece; it's not their jurisdiction and not their responsibility to watch after them. Despite not being legally obligated to, Israel grants thousands of Palestinians work visas in which they can use to get jobs in Israel. Taking care of the Palestinians falls squarely on the shoulders of their President, Mahmoud Abbas. With all of the money being shoved down his throat by the Europeans, it's rather strange that the Palestinian living conditions haven't improved much; wouldn't it be very interesting to ask him and the rest of the Fatah government what they do with all of this money? While we're asking that, let's take a brief overlook on Fatah's determined "peacemaking" efforts.
Decades ago, Fatah, the current ruling party in the Palestinian Authority, could be described as little more than a brutal terrorist organization. With the blood of thousands of Israelis across several countries on their hands, it's a small wonder why the Israeli government is skeptical of Fatah. Even more so since today, it seems things have changed little. PA president Mahmoud Abbas continuously incites Palestinian rioters who throw rocks and firebombs at Israelis. It's no coincidence that many streets and parks in Ramallah are named after suicide bombers. Using Palestinian taxpayer money, the Palestinian Authority continues to give pensions to convicted terrorists in Israeli prisons and to their families. There is also an unprecedented level of corruption in the PA: Yasser Arafat himself stole billions of dollars out of the Palestinian economy and siphoned it into his Swiss bank account. Maybe if the Palestinian government were more concerned with the needs of their people than it is with the elimination of Israel and living their lavish lifestyles, the Palestinian standard of living wouldn't be so poor.
The Palestinians leadership brought this predicament on its people. It could've chosen the path of peace and prosperity and been a modern democracy. Instead however, they chose the path of terrorism and hatred. It's no secret: it's written in Palestinian textbooks, shown in Palestinian cartoons, and preached from Palestinian leaders. Instead of providing the Palestinian people with basic needs, the Palestinian Authority chooses to hoard their money for themselves and live their luxurious lifestyles. Until the Palestinians demand a new, democratic, and non-corrupt government, the Palestinian plight will not improve in the foreseeable future. It's not America's, not Israel's, but their own, choice. We can only hope that they make the right one soon.