AL SHUNAH, JORDAN: US secretary of state John Kerry unveiled on Sunday a plan to boost the Palestinian economy by attracting $4 billion in private investment, saying it could transform the lives of the people.Question for John and Tony: why do you think yet another round of "mobilizing" investment will quell the desire to wipe Israel off the map? Won't it only serve to line the pockets of Fatah's kleptocrats du jour?
As he seeks to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the table to negotiate a peace deal, Kerry said it was also imperative to create jobs and meet the hopes of young people for a better economic future.
He has tasked Tony Blair, the Quartet's special envoy to the Middle East, with drawing up a plan to revitalise the West Bank through boosting industries such as tourism, construction, information technology and agriculture.
Blair's plan, being aided by some global business leaders who are giving their time free, could be "ground-shaking," Kerry said.
The group was putting together recommendations for the Palestinian leadership to decide on, aiming to "mobilise some $4 billion of investment"...
|Bound to be a tourist magnet--the West Bank's new naqba museum, currently under construction.|
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