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June 8, 2004
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The decline in the Palestinian economy threatens Israel’s security, a World Bank official said. The decline, 40 percent in per capita GDP since the outbreak of the intifada in September 2000, also undermines the Palestinian Authority and adds to the appeal of Islamist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, said Nigel Roberts, a World Bank official in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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