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  • The occupation wears Prada: Meet the new face of 'economic peace'

    When Israeli shoe designer Gal Shukroon decided to start a project bringing together Palestinian and Jewish women to make shoes, the Israeli army couldn't resist and used it for its own PR purposes. By Meron Rapoport The Israeli military published a video earlier this week featuring Tel Aviv shoe designer Gal Shukroon, who recently launched a new line of shoes, made in a Hebron factory, and inspired by Palestinian embroidery. The goal of the project, according to Shukroon, is to bring love “instead of hate.” Once Palestinian women can earn a respectable livelihood, she says “terrorism comes less into the home.” [tmwinpost]…

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  • The lie of Netanyahu's economic 'gestures'

    Netanyahu's goodwill 'gestures' to the Palestinians are nothing more than a way to appease President Trump on his visit. So why is the media playing along? In the run-up to President Trump's visit to the region, the Israeli government adopted a number of modest goodwill gestures vis-a-vis Palestinians in the West Bank, which the Israeli media immediately dubbed "trust-building" measures. Local newspapers reported that none of the steps taken had anything to do with security, but rather revolved around civilian issues. This included making sure the Allenby Bridge — which connects the West Bank to Jordan — stayed open for longer; easing construction in Area C; and…

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  • The dehydration of economic peace

    The irony of Rawabi is that everyone, in both Israel and Palestine, seems to want it to happen. Nevertheless, Palestine's first planned city still lacks a stable water connection, its continued cash flow is threatened and despite their best intentions, interested parties the globe-over cannot bring the project any farther forward. Officials involved in the project say a political power play -- part of Netanyahu's bid to undermine the Palestinian unity government -- is the only thing stopping the water from flowing.  By Corey Sherman “Rawabi,” Amir Dejani says, “is about the future.” The deputy managing director of Rawabi, Dejani sits behind…

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  • This is Netanyahu’s final status solution

    The Gaza war should be seen as part of Israel's overall strategy, which aims to maintain the current status quo in the Palestinian Territories. One of the Israeli Right’s greatest political achievements was convincing the public that “we tried the Left’s ideas, and they failed.” Some even say that the current reality is the outcome of “the Left’s ideas.” Naturally, this claim comfortably avoids the responsibility that the Right had in torpedoing any attempt for peaceful reconciliation, from 1987’s London Accord to Netanyahu’s unilateral decision in 1996 to stop implementing Oslo. (For some reason, the video in which Netanyahu boasted…

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  • Arab-Jewish industrial parks: The last chance for economic equality?

    Shared industrial parks have the potential to create local and regional growth engines that would allow Arab towns and Israel’s Arab citizens to achieve economic stability and provide a better future for the younger generation. Israel's leadership must realize that this is not something to be taken for granted. By Khalil Mari and Ronen Sabag The annual State Comptroller's report has once again exposed the severe lack of equality between Arab and Jewish towns in income generated in industrial zones. Although a fifth of the country’s population is Arab, 97.6 percent of all industrial zones in Israel are built in Jewish…

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