Friday, July 29, 2005

Reducing Mutual Dependence

Good idea about Gaza Strip.
EREZ CROSSING - As of 2008, Palestinian workers from the Gaza Strip will no longer be allowed to enter Israel and will have to find work in the Palestinian Authority, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said Tuesday during a visit to the Erez border crossing in the Gaza Strip.From ynet

But until then...

A modern crossing

IDF officers and defense establishment officials have presented Mofaz with plans to construct a modern border crossing at Erez, which would include six crossing points to allow some 500 men to enter Israel an hour. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2006.

Why is this good news? Hopefully this will stop the long cues at checkpoints that frustrate Palestinians. Nobel Laureate Shimon Peres who founded The Peres Center for Peace in 1996 with the express aim of “realizing his vision of a "New Middle East", in which people of the region work together to build peace through socio-economic cooperation and people-to-people relations,” has long maintained that jobs and economic opportunities are the glue that can hold the peace together.
However, the there are still many concerns on both sides

Israel is giving up these hothouses in Gaza that produce millions of shekels a year. What do you think should happen to them?

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