If we lifted the sanctions on Palestine [...] it would take 15 years tops for them to start caring more about cars and TVs than God and Jews.
That's what Israel tried first. Until the 1st intifada, people in the West Bank and Gaza had largely unimpeded access to jobs across the Green Line, in Israel, and their salaries from such jobs constituted an enormous fraction of the economy of those territories.
It's not like Israel wants to impede the flow of goods across the border, even today. Gaza today, unoccupied, is powered by electricity from electric power plants in Israel. But when aluminum is used to make missiles that get shot across the border, preventing aluminum from getting across the border seems pretty tempting. Regardless of the measure's effectiveness.
Has anyone heard from the IRA since the Irish GDP shot up?
(a) I live in Ireland; (b) yes; (c) you're confusing Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland; and (d) correlation, even if it were true in this case which it is not, does not imply causality.