- Azmy Abd al-Rahman spokesman for the Palestinian authority economy ministry told the Media that reducing dependence on Israel was the top priority of the ministry and the government.
- On Friday July 19 thousands of Palestinians demonstrated at the Gaza border. Over 100 were injured amid riots.
- Ehud Barak the former prime minister has entered the elections to compete with Netanyahu.
The American negotiator for peace in Middle East, Jared Kushner, continues to insist that an economic pathway is vital for Middle East peace. The Palestinians boycotted the conference but even Trump’s Arab allies saw the necessity of the two-state solution. Kushner was overwhelmed by the response he got. Every country that he invited showed up, and he had a very big crowd. There were a lot of senior business leaders from throughout the world.
The Palestinians are moving in a reverse direction from the economic pathway presented by Jared Kushner at Bahrain. Azmy Abd al-Rahman, spokesman for the Palestinian authority economy ministry, told the Media that reducing dependence on Israel was the top priority of the ministry and the government. They are trying to stop using many products which Israel is selling to them.
He claims that 85% of Palestinian products go to Israel and 60% of their imports come from Israel. He wants to withdraw trading with Israel step by step. This week they met with the Iraq president and prime minister looking to promote understandings and and agreements between them in the field of agriculture, industry and trade. Iraq does not participate or support the American peace initiative but said “It cannot stand against the deal of the century currently or affect it positively or negatively.”
The Palestinian authority also met with the Jordanian ministry of economics on July 7 to explain its stand about disengaging from trade with Israel and building trade agreements with Jordan. He blames Israel for preventing the expansion of the Palestinian economy and is looking for support from Arab States in the area to achieve independence from Israel. Negotiating with America is also negotiating with Israel which is the reason why they blackballed the conference in Bahrain.
On Friday July 19, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated at the Gaza border. Over 100 were injured amid riots. There have been only several fire balloons reported by the settlements in Israel in the south. Israel is continuing its agreements with Gaza giving fishing rights. They are even talking about letting into Israel workers from Gaza with permits.
CNN reported that Israeli Archeologists found in the Negev an ancient mosque from the 7th or 8th century. The Arabs presence in Israel dates back to then and Arabs have always been present in Israel watching over the holy monuments such as the Cave of the Patriarchs in Chevron which they use for worship.
Preparation for elections in September continue. It seems like the two sides cannot come to an agreement to replace the need for elections. Ehud Barak the former prime minister has entered the elections to compete with Netanyahu. He said he will not join with the government of Netanyahu. He also is presenting legislation to end the draft of religious students. This makes the two sides more complicated.
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