How Israeli curbs stifle Palestinian economy

As the rest of the world prepares for the fifth generation of mobile communications technology, the West Bank finally has third-generation cell service.
Starting this week, Palestinians in the West Bank can buy 3G mobile service through one of two domestic providers. At a time when the fourth generation of mobile technology is available in even the most remote parts of the world — from the peak of Mount Everest to the islands of the South China Sea — Israeli restrictions had, until last week, forced Palestinians to settle for outdated, second-generation technology. And their economy reflects it.