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Reader comment on item: One Cheer for Obama's Arab-Israeli Policy

Submitted by Harry (United States), Sep 16, 2009 at 10:41

Assumption: the extreme right wings on both Israeli and Arab sides (Palestinian and countries alike), will always reject any middle-road advances and compromises.

Therefore: these groups need to be bypassed. I suggest therefore that actions of mutual interest take place, quietly. Example: formalize and expedite Palestinians' Work-In-Israel-Sleep-In-WestBank. Reduction of commute time can make tremendous impact on the workers. Security can be accomplished by switching busses at the border checkpoints, equipped with airport type systems.

In parallel, reduce the import of the Asian and African workers that provide the same service as the Arab workers do, but avoid the harshness of expulsions.

Additionally: establish Industrial Parks at the borders but outside the "green line", within the PA areas, to employ local Arabs, with the products exported to Arab countries and marked "Product of Palestine".

Though similar activites were attempted at the border of Gaza, the local extremism defeated them. Initiatives on the green line with the WB are likely to survive.

All this is in keeping with the policy announced by PM Netanyahu, to enhance the economy of the WB .


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