اجعلنا صفحة البداية RSS خدمة Add to favorite Facebook Twitter

Advanced

PA rejects Israeli 'incentives'
Published Saturday 05/02/2011 (updated) 06/02/2011 17:34
Font- Font+
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Palestinians rejected a package of economic incentives Israel and the Quartet’s envoy Tony Blair offered Friday.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is playing games and haggling, chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement commenting on the offer.

“What Netanyahu should do, if he wants to build confidence, is immediately stop settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and recognize a Palestinian state on the territories occupied in 1967,” Erekat said.

Israel proposed Friday to wean Hamas-run Gaza off its infrastructure network, as Netanyahu set out a series of steps intended to ease the economic lot of the Palestinians.

In a statement on the eve of a meeting in Munich of the Middle East diplomatic Quartet, Netanyahu said Israel would pursue its policy of enabling economic growth in the occupied Palestinian areas.

In addition, steps would be taken "intended to make Gaza independent of Israeli infrastructure by helping to develop their electricity plants, water and sewerage treatment," he said.

Blair, the former British prime minister, elaborating after meeting Netanyahu, said a permanent desalination plant for Gaza -- where mobile plants are in place -- had been approved in principle.

"There is also full approval for all the sanitation and water treatment plants necessary for Gaza, with the government of Israel agreeing to facilitate and support the entry of construction materials to enable projects to be completed on schedule," Blair said.

He added: "There are further measures to promote Gaza exports, especially in furniture and textiles as well as agriculture."

Netanyahu, meanwhile, proposed a start to negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, which holds sway in the West Bank, to develop a gas field it controls that is adjacent to an Israeli one.

"We need to develop both simultaneously," he said, recalling Israel's interest in finding alternatives to gas imports from Egypt, scene of a second week of anti-government unrest.

Revenues from the Israeli field would go to the Israeli government, and those from the Palestinian field to the Authority, he said.

"This is something that the Palestinian Authority expressed interest in," Netanyahu said. "I think this is good for stability, good for prosperity and good for peace."

But he added that "I don't delude myself for a second that an economic peace is a substitute for political peace," as he called for direct peace talks that broke down last year in a row over Israeli settlements to resume.

Blair agreed: "None of this is a substitute for a credible political process; I hope one gets under way as soon as possible."

"But I have always maintained that it is a combination of measures that improve life on the ground and a strong political negotiation that will produce peace," he said.

Israel is counting on promising natural gas reserves under the Mediterranean Sea to cover its energy needs in the longer term.
Print
1 ) mohamed / mohamed
05/02/2011 13:55
economic for peace and provisional territory to the palestinian this is what he says netanyahu

2 ) T / USA
05/02/2011 16:18
PA a rejectionism has reach such heights that even one sides gestures are being rejected.

3 ) marge / usa
05/02/2011 17:26
Glad the PA is not accepting the Quartet bid and continuing to refuse peace talk until there is a freeze on all illegal settlement building.

4 ) Nathaniel I. Wenger / NA
05/02/2011 18:59
If they arrested the criminals and the people held the government accountable they wouldn't be fighting violently to hold the criminals accountable. Now advocate civilocity and watch the leader of Israel to make sure the leader follows the law. Imagine a book that details and explains everything every single Prime Minister did while ruling Israel. Would you be against that book or that idea?

What scholar would not want to know everything every single Prime Minister did while ruling Israel?

5 ) Arnold / Canada
05/02/2011 19:14
Expansion of Israeli settlements are going to go on whether or not Abbas agrees to the incentives. And I have to laugh. Erekat wants Israel to recognize a Palestinian state on 1967 borders. Israel has asked for recognition since 1947. All this loss of life and land could have been avoided in 1947 with a simple acceptance of Israel and Palestine on their mandated territories.

6 ) Lukas / AntiZIonist
05/02/2011 19:43
Fuck off Erekat!

7 ) Carlos / USA
06/02/2011 04:58
Blair is such a stooge! Does he actually believe he is promoting peace? Blair the warmonger who helped destroy Iraq using lies as his justification. I suppose we should trust him now? I don't think so! Blair is just trying to allow Israels colonization of the West Bank. His next step is to make the lives of the people in Gaza worse. He makes me sick. Maybe Blair and Mubarack can start a club for discredited heads of state!

8 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
06/02/2011 16:43
Better than political processes are economic ones. Such endeavors provide the infra-structure and incentives for a peaceful solution to the current imbroglio.

9 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
06/02/2011 16:44
What happened, Maan, to your guidelines for comments. Check Lukas #6 and his foul language. Please remove his post.

10 ) John / USA
07/02/2011 01:12
#9 Seems Robert thinks that even Ma'an editors should be under Zionist control. A big FO to you AH.

11 ) Outsider / EU
07/02/2011 19:11
5) Arnold: there are lots of times since 1947 when lives could have been saved. But that's a moot point. I also would find it difficult to accept "concessions" (what happened to international law?) while they are being used to eat up more of the occupied territories. Incidentally, in case forget: the Gaza power plant was bombed by the IDF. Nice of them to "wean" Gaza off their infrastructure.
Name Country
Comment
Characters
Note: Comments will be reviewed for appropriate content. Click here for more details.

Share/Bookmark

Official: Donors pledge to 'quickly contribute' to reconstruction
Expert: Olive harvest to decline to half of annual average
Cairo donor conference pledges $5.4 bn for Gaza

Close Next Previous
All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2014