June 1, 2013

BAD FOR BUSINESS:

'Breakthrough' in Israeli-Palestinian conflict? (CS Monitor, June 1, 2013)

Last week, a few hundred top business leaders in Israel and the Palestinian territories announced an initiative to "send a message" to their respective governments to negotiate a peace deal. Unlike previous grassroots efforts - such as joint schools, camps for children, or meetings of rabbis and imams - this one has scope and prestige. Together, the firms represent about a third of the area's economy and employ tens of thousands of workers. [...]

Businesses often provide a bridge to peace. That was true for South Africa in the 1980s, and perhaps today between Taiwan and China or between North and South Korea. More than 20 years ago, the United States tried to get Arab and Israeli investors to work together. The best model is the post-war alliance between France and Germany to use economic union as a peace driver in Europe.

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