The Palestinian private sector, in a Thursday press statement, rejected and described as “insulting” the so called â€ścarrot and stickâ€ť policy unveiled by current Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
The statement, issued by the all-inclusive coordinating council of all the business associations, chambers of commerce, and industrial & trade organizations representing the mass of business leaders in Palestine, said, according to WAFA: â€śWe view the policy proposed to directly contact Palestinian figures, businessmen and academics and bypass the Palestinian National Authority and its legitimate leadership under elected President Mahmoud Abbas as amateurish, and completely humiliating, under estimatingÂ our intellect; andÂ reminds us of old age ideas that are null and void.
â€śWe as leaders of business and respected figures in our community, representing the private sector in the state of Palestine regard with honor and pride the PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian National Authority with the related government agencies as our national government providing us with rule of law, security and enabling environment.â€ť
The Coordinating Council of the private sector includes eleven institutions: Palestinian trade center â€śPal-Tradeâ€ť, the Palestinian Federation of Business Associations, the Union of Chambers of Commerce and Agriculture, the Palestinian Federation of Industries, the Association of Banks, the Union of Insurance Agencies, the Information Technology Association â€śPITAâ€ť, the Association of Arab Hotels, the Union of Contractors, the Palestinian Shippersâ€™ Council and the Forum of Businesswomen.
Originally under suspicion over charges of money-laundering and bribery, Lieberman was formally indicted in December of 2012, on lesser charges of fraud and breach of trust.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.