Arab-Israeli COOPERATION: Palestinian Authority Officials receive Agricultural Training in Israel

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    May 30, 2012 5:08 PM GMT
    Some good news about cooperation:

    http://www.cogat.idf.il/901-9975-en/Cogat.aspx

    Palestinian Authority Officials receive Agricultural Training in Netanya

    The Israeli Civil Administration organized a three-day seminar for officials of the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, at the Seasons Hotel in Netanya
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    Date: 28.05.12

    From May 21 to 23rd, twenty-four Palestinian officials, mostly agricultural engineers, attended a three-day seminar on agricultural technologies, plant protection, and fertilisers in Netanya. The lectures were delivered by Israeli experts, professors and officials from the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture.

    “This workshop is intended to provide information about technologies that we use in Israel to protect and improve crops in open-fields and green houses”, said Ayman Assad, from the Agriculture Department at the Civil Administration.

    The seminar is one of many Israeli-Palestinian workshops planned for 2012. “Through these workshops we are improving the relationship, cooperation and communication with the Palestinian Authority”, added Ayman Assad. The Civil Administration offers full board to the Palestinian guests, including travel and meal coverage.

    Sitting by the hotel swimming pool during lunch break, Najud, a 23 year-old agricultural engineer from Jericho confides: “I’m happy to learn here, the lectures are very intense and I wish we had more time to visit!”

    The Agriculture Department of the Civil Administration works with Palestinian farmers in the field to find out more about problems affecting their trade. Based on this, the Ministry of Agriculture organizes seminars, lectures and training in Israel to increase the quality and output of Palestinian crops, explained Shlomo Ekaïam from the Ministry.

    “Palestinians and Israeli consumers eat fruit and vegetables coming from Israel and the West Bank, so we collectively strive for the best agricultural standards”, he added.

    Muhammad Saïd Lahan, Director of the Flower and Vegetable Protection and Preservation Department at the Palestinian Authority knows Netanya well: “I came here many times, maybe 8 or 10 times. It is important for our team to come because 16 of us are young engineers who need experience and more field-training.”

    On Wednesday, the Palestinian delegation was taken to Beit Shean for training on open-fields.

    “We also organize seminars in Ramallah in our own Ministry or abroad where we are often invited”, added Mr. Lahan
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    Jun 05, 2012 7:13 PM GMT
    Israeli-PA cooperation continues despite tensions

    Foreign Ministry report details medical, security and economic coordination between Israel, PA.


    3/18/2012

    Nearly 200,000 West Bank Palestinian patients and those accompanying them were granted entry permits in 2011 for medical treatment in Israel, a 13 percent increase from 2010, according to a Foreign Ministry report.

    The report, titled “Measures Taken by Israel in Support of Developing the Palestinian Economy and Socio-Economic Structure,” will be submitted Wednesday at a Palestinian donors’ conference meeting in Brussels.

    According to the report, some 21,500 Palestinian children from the West Bank were also treated in Israeli hospitals last year, a 171% increase from the year before.

    The 44-page report documents areas of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation in a number of health, economic and security spheres.

    For instance, despite the stymied political process and the tense relationship between the government and the Palestinian Authority, in 2011 some 764 joint security meetings were held, a 5% increase over the year before.

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    Jun 13, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
    This was a topic about COOPERATION.

    Sad that pathological hatists like AyaTrollah pouncer simply can't hold back their venomous bile.
    (At least the other anti-Israel propagandists had the sense to stay quiet.)
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    Jun 13, 2012 5:09 AM GMT
    Wolverine4 saidThis was a topic about COOPERATION.

    Sad that pathological hatists like AyaTrollah pouncer simply can't hold back their venomous bile.
    (At least the other anti-Israel propagandists had the sense to stay quiet.)




    COOPERATION MY ASS LIL'AIPAC, who the fuck do you think your fooling with this miniscule effort in light of daily theft of Palestinians land farms and homes for the settlements that you say you approve of.

    Do you think that people cannot read how much farmland has been taken up by Israels Godamn separation walls to go around those internationally illegal settlements ?

    Did you not read on Haaretz news this very day about the Settlement dispute regarding settlements and settler demands regarding the homes that were built on known Palestinian land? Land that the Israeli court ruled for the settlers to vacate ?

    Why do you keep up your godamned lies LIL'AIPAC, We read from jewish writers on Jewish Owned Israeli News sites of the facts that totally blow your propaganda stories and your propaganda.

    One little plot of land where some good and decent Israeli's try to live peacefuly with their brothers th Palestinians, doesn't cover up that the Israeli Leaders do just the opposite every day and in large volume all across the West Bank.

    WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO WAKE UP LIL'AIPAC, WE DON"T BUY INTO YOUR BULLSHIT PROPAGANDA, WE KNOW THAT THE TRUTH IS IN DIRECT OPPOSITION TO EVERYTHING YOU STAND FOR AND PREACH HERE ON RJ..
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    Jun 13, 2012 6:13 PM GMT
    LOL.

    I love it when he makes both an ass and an idiot of himself.

    Is anyone impressed by the anti-Israel/Jewish hatists who have crawled out from under their rocks to post here?
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    Jun 13, 2012 6:35 PM GMT
    LIL'AIPAC, (w4) I suggest instead of dismissing facts by your accusations, which by the way fall flat, that you respond to the facts that dispell completely your Bigoted Zionist one sided views. YOU EMBARASS YOUR CAUSE.


    Try Mustering up the courage to respond rather than your usual ignoring of facts.

    Lets see if it will be different with you this time ?

    By the way, your Professor father wrote an article that I for one am sure you agree with, it was titled "Why do the Palestinians need a second homeland".

    How do you and your fathers stand on settlements, the theft of land for them as well as the taking of even more land and farms for 'separation partitions' go together with your propaganda here about some miniscule cooperation. The things you back are in direct conflict with a two state solution.

    SEEMS REALLY HYPOCRITICAL ON YOUR PART.

    Now do you care to respond to these facts ?
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:25 AM GMT
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    Wolverine4 saidThis was a topic about COOPERATION.

    Sad that pathological hatists like AyaTrollah pouncer simply can't hold back their venomous bile.
    (At least the other anti-Israel propagandists had the sense to stay quiet.)




    COOPERATION MY ASS LIL'AIPAC, who the fuck do you think your fooling with this miniscule effort in light of daily theft of Palestinians land farms and homes for the settlements that you say you approve of.

    Do you think that people cannot read how much farmland has been taken up by Israels Godamn separation walls to go around those internationally illegal settlements ?

    Did you not read on Haaretz news this very day about the Settlement dispute regarding settlements and settler demands regarding the homes that were built on known Palestinian land? Land that the Israeli court ruled for the settlers to vacate ?

    Why do you keep up your godamned lies LIL'AIPAC, We read from jewish writers on Jewish Owned Israeli News sites of the facts that totally blow your propaganda stories and your propaganda.

    One little plot of land where some good and decent Israeli's try to live peacefuly with their brothers th Palestinians, doesn't cover up that the Israeli Leaders do just the opposite every day and in large volume all across the West Bank.

    WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO WAKE UP LIL'AIPAC, WE DON"T BUY INTO YOUR BULLSHIT PROPAGANDA, WE KNOW THAT THE TRUTH IS IN DIRECT OPPOSITION TO EVERYTHING YOU STAND FOR AND PREACH HERE ON RJ..



    a small step but yet a step in the right direction. i wonder how many times you trolling fools have actually gone to Israel...
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:53 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]Wolverine4 said[/cite]This was a topic about COOPERATION.

    LMAO !!! LIL'AIPAC, since this is about "COOPERATION" when are you going to start doing the ISRAELI 'patriotic' thing by promoting "COOPERATION" from the Israeli Zionist (greater Israeli) Regime ?

    LIL'AIPAC, you can start by promoting the end of the "OCCUPATION" and ending the settlement building on stolen land from internationally recognized land set aside from the '67' green line' for the Palestinian Homeland in the West Bank ? I don't know of any international state including the US that sees the Settlement theft of land by the Israelis as anything but a block to peace.


    That would be the "COOPERATIVE" thing to do in light of doing unto others what you would have done to yourself. Do you recall the germans taking away Jewish families homes, land and farms ? Now the shoe is on the other foot and Israels leaders are repeating history.


    So LIL'AIPAC, lets start talking "COOPERATION" !!!

    This will be interesting !!!!
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:07 AM GMT
    jrunner25 saidi wonder how many times you trolling fools....

    Just ignore them.
    It's not like anyone pays them any attention.
    Most people who follow these topics put them on ignore so that they can read without encountering their on-line turrets.

    As if they haven't already confirmed that they hate Israel/Jews more than they care for the Palestinian Arabs.
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    Israel increasing imports from Palestinian areas

    There are a lot of obstacles but there... are business opportunities to make,” says Israel-Palestinian Chamber of Commerce executive officer.


    http://www.jpost.com/Business/BusinessFeatures/Article.aspx?id=271928

    By ARIEH O’SULLIVAN
    05/29/2012

    Business between the Palestinian Authority and Israel is growing despite the political impasse as both sides seek to boost sales.

    “For the Israeli market, the Palestinian market is a very promising one because you are talking about two million people who are very good consumers,” Avi Nudelman, chief executive officer of the Israeli-Palestinian Chamber of Commerce, told The Media Line. “Many Palestinians like to buy Israeli products because of the quality, even if it is more expensive than the Turkish or the Egyptian products.”

    A recent conference hosted by the Faculty of Business and Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev brought together top Israeli and Palestinian trade experts to seek ways to enhance cross border business interactions.

    The conference culminated with a competition between Israeli and Palestinian business students to brainstorm on areas of business cooperation.

    “The competition was unique. The students were able to draft cooperation packages and exchange ideas,” Miki Malul of the university’s Department of Public Policy and Administration, who moderated the conference, told The Media Line.

    Panel members emphasized the importance of holding business meetings between both sides in order to strengthen the personal ties that are almost non-existent today. Nudelman said that both sides are interested in engaging in business relations, but haven’t been able to find the platform to facilitate interactions.

    “There are a lot of obstacles but there is a lot of awareness from both sides that there are business opportunities to make,” Nudelman said. “There is a lot of willingness to cooperate between Israeli and Palestinian markets.”

    Muhyeddin "Muhi" Sayed Ahmad, the public relations coordinator for the Hebron Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told the conference about a website he runs where Palestinian produce is offered for sale. The website allows Israeli businessmen and foreign business entities to make deals with manufacturers from the Palestinian Authority through the website’s network.

    Malul explained that there is a knowledge gap among Israelis regarding Palestinians - particularly with regards to its business sector.

    “These kinds of meetings contribute to narrowing these gaps and thus to promoting economic ties that will one day be a factor in making peace between both parties,” he said.

    Nudelman said future was also to be found in the field of software, where many Israeli and other foreign companies already outsource their software needs to Palestinian software companies. He said many Palestinians were interested in much broader cooperation with these companies. He added that the growth of an educated workforce in the PA might help expand this cooperation as more sophisticated tasks are transferred to Palestinian companies.

    “For the Palestinians, of course, the Israeli market is the biggest market they could dream about. The problem for the Palestinians is that this market sells them more than they buy from them,” Nudelman said.

    Two-way trade between Israel and the Palestinian-ruled areas reached $4.3 billion last year. But the trade is heavily tilted in Israel’s favor, with exports to the PA amounting to $3.5 billion while Palestinian exports were just $816 million. But with the Israeli economy growing quickly, Palestinians have been able to sell more: Last year, Israel increased Palestinian purchases by 18%, according to Israel’s Customs Directorate.

    Nader Tamimi, chair of the Association of Traditional Industries in the PA, gave some concrete examples of the trade ties that already exist. For example, today artisans in Hebron manufacture Judaica, such as Kiddush cups and Seder dishes, for Jews from Israel and the entire world. He added that, despite the current atmosphere, there are regular interactions between Palestinian and Israeli businessmen.

    Tamimi also shared his frustration that the younger generations on both sides are not familiar with one another. He suggested that the Israeli government allow tours for Israeli businessmen within the PA and for Palestinian businessmen within Israel in order to allow both sides to learn about the other, and to create a wider forum for joint business opportunities.

    Jihad Alubra, director of MATI Business Development Center for the Bedouin Settlements, said Arab Israelis in general, and Bedouins in particular, often act as mediators in business interactions between Israelis and Palestinians because of their ability to bridge gaps created by prevailing mistrust between the parties and because of their ability to travel relatively freely to the PA territories.

    Ahmad said ultimately the close proximity between the Israeli and Palestinian markets allowed the supply of finished products in a short amount of time. But he said easing restrictions on the passage of good from the PA into Israel was necessary.

    The Israeli-Palestinian Chamber of Commerce is mainly an organization whose aim is to represent the Israeli private sector and push sales in the Palestinian markets. Still, a growing prosperity among the Palestinians is beneficial to both sides, Nudelman said.

    “It is like a win-win situation for both sides. For us it is great if I can promote Palestinian business interest in Israel as well,” he said.
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    Jun 14, 2012 6:51 AM GMT
    Heartening to see this kind of cooperation between neighbors.

    Israel has SO much to offer; especially in the lessons IT has had to learn over the last 60 odd years, like agricultural know how.

    I'd much rather see the world trading plows, hoes, know how, equipment for farming and so on. I think Golda Meir said something similar.

    It was in the early 1960's when Israel was reaching out to the wider world; Asia, Africa, the then Eastern Europe and beyond; but especially in Africa, when Israel was trading technical know how etc. that the African continent prospered and the Africans (many newly independent nations themselves) were learning about self-sustainability. But it didn't stop there, Israeli scientists were also espousing their knowledge to eager young African students. Many of whom visited Israel itself and go to see first hand how things are done and how things can be achieved in such a short space of time and with determination.
    Of course, one by one African countries came under the evil grip of tyranny and they severed ties with the Jewish State and since then many of those nations have never recovered and those industries that once prospered, lay in ruins.

    Even in Burma/Myanmar, they actually incorporated the idea of the moshav and many of them can be found today.

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    Jun 14, 2012 1:34 PM GMT
    How many Israel-haters posting to this topic have actually set foot in Israel/Gaza/Judea and Samaria?
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    Jun 14, 2012 3:05 PM GMT
    Look, given the way things were going, I'll take what good news I can get.
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    Jun 14, 2012 3:24 PM GMT
    LIEV saidHow many Israel-haters posting to this topic have actually set foot in Israel/Gaza/Judea and Samaria?



    How many actually even want to step foot in that part of the world? icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 14, 2012 3:37 PM GMT
    LIEV saidHow many Israel-haters posting to this topic have actually set foot in Israel/Gaza/Judea and Samaria?



    EXACTLY! Probably none of them.
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    Jun 14, 2012 6:43 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidHow many actually even want to step foot in that part of the world? icon_eek.gif

    There were nearly 4 million tourists visiting Israel last year.

    http://www.goisrael.com/Tourism_Eng/Pages/home.aspx

    We're planning an RJ field trip for Pride next year.
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    Jun 14, 2012 6:48 PM GMT
    Ironic that while this was about turning a desert into a garden, this has proven so fertile a topic that it threatens to turn a garden into a desert.
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    Jun 14, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
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    LIEV saidHow many Israel-haters posting to this topic have actually set foot in Israel/Gaza/Judea and Samaria?



    How many actually even want to step foot in that part of the world? icon_eek.gif


    For a country of a little under 8 million people, it was visited by slightly less than 4 million people last year.

    Who wants to, indeed!

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    Jun 14, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    This is a giant step in the right direction for that troubled part of the world. This is what is most desparately needed to start happening between Israeli and Palestinian people, cooperation and working together to solve problems and advance the development of the country. It is time to end all the ethnic and racial ignorance and hatred and putting down the guns and missiles. Israelis and Palestinians meeting half way and cooperating with each other is long overdue. This could even eventually help kill off the two nation state proposal and lead to the unification of this region.
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    Jun 14, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidThis could even eventually help kill off the two nation state proposal and lead to the unification of this region.


    They already are... Palestine and Israel are two parts of the same country. Even Palestinian president Abbas said Israel is leading to one state solution.

    http://www.worthynews.com/top/haaretz-com-hasen-spages-1146530-html/
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    roadbikeRob saidIsraelis and Palestinians meeting half way and cooperating with each other is long overdue. This could even eventually help kill off the two nation state proposal and lead to the unification of this region.

    This has been going on for decades. Unfortunately most people - especially the anti-Israel trolls - don't seem to care. They embrace and support the terrorist groups (e.g. Hamas, Hizbullah) and their supporters (e.g. Iran) which violently oppose this.

    Consider that in Haifa - a city long known for cooperation - a restaurant jointly owned by Arab & Jewish business partners was intentionally targeted by suicide bombers. A clear message sent to Israeli Arabs.


    I'm not really sure what cooperation has to do with "unification".
    Now that the US has been at peace with Mexico for a very long time, should we "unify" the two countries?
    Or maybe we should force Canada to merge with us?

    Doesn't it make you draw pause that the majority of Jews and Palestinian Arabs do NOT wish "unification"?
    And if you insist on such, why not have the "West Bank" RE-unify with Jordan (as it was from 1948-1967)?
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    Jun 14, 2012 10:47 PM GMT
    SxyDrkHair saidThat is a great news that we Palestinians are cooperation with Israelis. I hope peace will come very soon. :-) For many of us Palestinians, Israel is by far our largest export market and business partner. We Palestinians even use Israeli money shekels.

    In Arab circles, such cooperation is known as "normalization" (of relations).

    Fatah declares 'war' on normalization with Israel

    Abbas party's decision comes after week of Israeli, Palestinian meetings being sabotaged by Palestinians.


    By Khaled Abu Toameh
    12/17/2011

    http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=249842

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has declared war on all informal meetings between Israelis and Palestinians, Hatem Abdel Kader, a senior Fatah official, said over the weekend.

    Fatah’s decision came following a series of meetings between Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and academics to promote peace and “normalization” between the two sides.

    Last week, Palestinians thwarted an attempt by a group called the Israeli Palestinian Confederation to hold a conference in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

    ...Palestinian protesters stormed the Ambassador Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah in east Jerusalem and forced the Israeli organizers and hotel management to cancel the event.

    The following day, a similar anti-normalization protest in Bethlehem forced the group to cancel a planned conference near the city.

    Al-Quds University President Sari Nusseibeh, who was supposed to speak at the conference, had to cancel his appearance after receiving threats from Palestinian activists belonging to Fatah and other groups.

    The Fatah leadership fears that the Israeli government would exploit such meetings to tell the world that there is some kind of dialogue going on between Israelis and Palestinians and that the only problem is with the PA leadership, which is refusing to return to the negotiating table, the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper reported.

    Abdel Kader, a former PA minister for Jerusalem affairs, revealed that the Fatah leadership has decided to foil all informal meetings between Israelis and Palestinians.

    “We will try to thwart any Palestinian Israeli meeting, even if it’s held in Tel Aviv or west Jerusalem,” Abdel Kader said. “In Fatah we have officially decided to ban such gatherings.”