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Kerry pushes economic plan for Palestinian peace
Times of Israel ^ | April 25, 2013 | Gavriel Fiske

Posted on 04/25/2013 5:25:07 AM PDT by SJackson

Coca-Cola among companies that would invest heavily in multi-billion dollar initiative bringing international businesses, infrastructure projects to the West Bank

The Obama administration is preparing a multi-billion dollar economic initiative that would bring international businesses and major infrastructure projects to the West Bank, it was reported on Thursday.

Part of an effort to improve Palestinian economic conditions ahead of a peace deal, senior sources in the US and Israel told Maariv that US Secretary of State John Kerry has already secured approval in principle for the initiative from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has long championed such a program, and from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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The initiative would entail billions of dollars in investment in high-tech, transportation, tourism, telecommunications and major infrastructure projects in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. The head of Coca-Cola has reportedly signed on already, along with other major international companies. Former British PM and Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair is also involved in the plan in an advisory capacity.

“This is an initiative to bring large corporations seeking to invest in places where they can make a difference, not necessarily where the bottom line determines if the investment is the best,” Kerry said this week in Brussels, where he reportedly asked EU president José Manuel Barroso to recruit leading European businesses to the project.

A major part of the initiative would be large West Bank construction projects that would employ thousands of people.

Netanyahu is reportedly against aspects of the plan that would require Israel to release Area C land (currently under full Israeli control), such as a proposed tourist center in the Dead Sea, to the Palestinian Authority. Other proposals nixed by Netanyahu include exploitation of natural gas fields off the coast of Gaza, and the opening of an international airport controlled by the Palestinians. Kerry has tried to assure the Palestinians that the economic projects would not come at the expense of diplomatic issues, like determining final borders for a Palestinian state.

Kerry has reportedly delayed formally announcing the new economic initiative due to the sudden resignation of PA Prime Minister Salaam Fayad in mid-April. Maariv wrote that during Kerry’s recent visit to the region, the Palestinians gave the US two months to produce a detailed proposal for the project, which would go together with a curb on Israeli settlement construction.

Israel resumed transferring monthly tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in late January, estimated at $115 million. Israel had frozen the transfer of funds following the successful Palestinian bid to gain nonmember state status at the UN General Assembly in late November 2012.


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: soskerrypalestine; soskerrypeaceplan

1 posted on 04/25/2013 5:25:07 AM PDT by SJackson
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Fine idea, origninally Bibi's. Don't understand why it's secret.

2 posted on 04/25/2013 5:26:22 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: SJackson
Kerry is the Hank Kimbell of international diplomacy.


3 posted on 04/25/2013 5:43:25 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: SJackson
“This is an initiative to bring large corporations seeking to invest in places where they can make a difference, not necessarily where the bottom line determines if the investment is the best,” Kerry said this week in Brussels, where he reportedly asked EU president José Manuel Barroso to recruit leading European businesses to the project.

What a load of..... business executives who sign onto this should be dumped by their boards! If Palestinians want economic help they should FIRST make real peace (not another fake deal), then make the business environment worthy of investment. This is just more whiny freeloading on the gullible "international community".....

4 posted on 04/25/2013 6:30:03 AM PDT by Enchante
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To: SJackson

“Palestine should marry a rich broad,” said Secretary of State Kerry, who served in Vietnam.


5 posted on 04/25/2013 6:36:03 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SJackson

Tell me again what the palis did with all the Israeli business facilities they got for free when Israel vacated and gave them the land?


6 posted on 04/25/2013 6:36:58 AM PDT by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: Enchante
Any corporation that takes part will only do so because they obtain a secret promise for tax breaks that will be worth more to them than any investment.

It will just be a cost of doing business with the Obama Administration, and the taxpayers will pick up the majority of the bill.

7 posted on 04/25/2013 6:39:48 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SJackson

It’s been done before Bibi and failed then, too. From 1967 until the First Intifada, the palis had economic, educational and health progress out the wazoo. For that matter, things were very prosperous under the Shah of Iran. He was still deposed. Islamonutsis are the best refutation of Marxist dialectical materialism, but you still can’t make peace with them just by giving them two cars in their garages and two chickens in their pots. That stuff only works with sane people.


8 posted on 04/25/2013 8:31:49 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: SJackson

John Kerry is a bum.


9 posted on 04/25/2013 8:56:39 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: SJackson
It won't work.

You cannot simply impose first-world infrastructure in a third-world society and expect it to change that society. Kerry wouldn't understand, but the Palestinians must create their own economic growth.

This is just welfare on a national scale.

10 posted on 04/25/2013 9:19:39 AM PDT by BfloGuy (Don't try to explain yourself to liberals; you're not the jackass-whisperer.)
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"The initiative would entail billions of dollars in investment in high-tech, transportation, tourism, telecommunications and major infrastructure projects in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority."

Once again the Times of Israel LIES to stab Israel in the back and Carolyn Glick reveals Obama's real plan:

During his visit here last week, Kerry announced that the new US policy towards the Palestinians is to pour billions of dollars into the Palestinian economy. Among other things, the administration is going to convince US companies like Coca-Cola to open huge plants in Judea and Samaria.

Sounds fine. But as usual, there is a catch. The administration wants US firms to build their factories in Area C, the area of Judea and Samaria over which, in accordance with the agreements they signed with Israel, the Palestinians agreed Israel should hold sole control.

In essence, the policy Kerry announced is simply an American version of the EU's policy of seeking to force Israel to give up control over Area C.

Area C, of course, is where all the Israeli communities are, and almost no Palestinians live. Those Israeli communities and the 350,000 Jews who live in them are the strongest assertion of Israeli sovereign rights to Judea and Samaria. So the EU — and now the Americans — are doing everything they can to force Israel to destroy them. The campaign to coerce Israel into surrendering its sole control over Area C is a central component of that plan.

Kerry's plan to push companies like Coca Cola to build up arab investments in Area C is simply part of Obama's plan to drive Jews out of Judea Samaria. (The EU is already requiring separate product labels for Jewish products that come from Judea-Samaria).

Contact Coca Cola here:

https://secure.thecoca-colacompany.com/ssldocs/mail/eQuery_product.shtml

1.800.GET.COKE
(800.438.2653)
THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
P.O. BOX 1734
ATLANTA, GA 30301, USA

and tell them if they build in Area C, millions of American Jews and Christians will stop buying ANY of their products, and that includes dozens and dozens of drinks beyond Coke, including Fanta, Dasani, etc.

11 posted on 04/26/2013 7:19:25 AM PDT by Yehuda
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To: Yehuda

Kerry the Capo as well as traitor?


12 posted on 04/26/2013 8:02:44 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Yehuda

Let them dream on. If they want to build a plant in Area C, they’ll have to get building permits, pay rent, buy land, all from Jooos! If Arabs want to work there, they’ll have to get permission to cross there. Otherwise, they won’t get to do that, I don’t care how many billions they have. Anyway, plenty of Arabs live in Area C. No Jews are allowed in Area A at all, even to visit, and only the soldiers are allowed in Area B. Apartheid. Right.


13 posted on 04/26/2013 8:15:49 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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Thanks so much, for linking Caroline Glick’s column. I trust her with all my heart. The Moslem Marxist is playing a destruction game on both Israel and America, but Israel is first on his list. We already know Kerry is a traitor to his own country.

I’ll do my part with regard to Coca Cola.


14 posted on 04/26/2013 8:33:20 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: dead

marry a rich broad..twice


15 posted on 04/26/2013 8:44:43 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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I will do My Part!!!

Coke has sadly fallen a long way from this:


16 posted on 04/26/2013 8:58:20 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: onyx; KC_Lion
“This is an initiative to bring large corporations seeking to invest in places where they can make a difference, not necessarily where the bottom line determines if the investment is the best,” Kerry said this week in Brussels

Coca Cola will not and should not do without their profit. They are in business after all and have a responsibility to the share holders.

This sounds more like increased prices (tax) on the US and the West to help weaken Israel and strengthen the so called palestinian moslems.

17 posted on 04/26/2013 9:33:37 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: onyx

Bless you and all who stand with America and Israel against jihad.


18 posted on 04/26/2013 12:34:29 PM PDT by Yehuda
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To: Eleutheria5

Do you have a link to to a good map with English and Hebrew showing the Areas in yesha, especially relative to all of Israel?

I will check back after Shabbos, which I wish you and all a good one.


19 posted on 04/26/2013 12:36:11 PM PDT by Yehuda
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To: Yehuda

Your search is as good as mine.


20 posted on 04/27/2013 3:40:51 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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