Palestinian Historian Salman Abu Sitta said in a May 28, 2019 interview with Al-Jazeera network (Qatar) that the Americans' desire to improve the Palestinians' economic situation is like when the Germans in Auschwitz would promise to feed their prisoners two meals a day instead of one. He said that the Americans want to keep the Palestinians enslaved and hungry and without a homeland or an identity. Abu Sitta said that even the fact that such a thing is being proposed is humiliating to every Arab, every Palestinian, and every free person, and that it does not make sense for Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan to remain disconnected from Egypt. He added that the Palestinians' enemies must be dreaming because they will not succeed "under any circumstances."
Salman Abu Sitta: "[The Americans] want to improve the [Palestinians'] economic conditions. What does this mean? This is like when the Germans in Auschwitz would tell their prisoners: 'You will remain in prison, but we will give you two meals a day instead of one. We will improve your condition. We will keep you as slaves, and you will have no homeland and no national identity, but instead of starving entirely, you will only be partly starving. There is also some money and some liberties we will give you, but you will not be free. You are slaves and have no homeland, and we will put you in prison, but we will improve this prison's conditions.' This is inconceivable, and even the fact that it is being proposed is humiliating to every Arab, every Palestinian, and every free person. How could this be...[Palestine] is the heart of the Arab world. Does it make sense for Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan to remain disconnected from Egypt? How? Throughout our long history, whoever went from Cairo to Damascus passed through Palestine. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem! Who doesn't know Jerusalem? Are these all myths? Are we dreaming, or is it our enemy that is dreaming? It is our enemy that is dreaming, since he will not succeed under any circumstances."