Monday, March 2, 2015

Israel's Predatory Economics

" . . . the trade policy that has existed between Israel and the Palestinian economy since 1967 is best described as an involuntary, one-sided, impure, customsunion."  

" . . .   all decisions were made by the Israeli authorities."

 "The Israeli occupation authorities operated as the long arm of the Israeli bourgeoisie, making it impossible for any Palestinian capitalist to obtain the thousand-and-one approvals required for establishing any large business without producing a document stating that he would not be competing with an Israeli company. In this manner, the authorities prevented the establishment of dairies, cement factories, food factories, and textile plants."

 " . . . for several years, restrictions in the form of trade barriers prevent Palestinian agriculture from competing in the Israeli market."

"The Palestinian territories also represent an important trading partner for Israel, being the second-largest export market for Israeli products (after the United States)."

 "Maintaining economic relations with the territories is very important to Israel."

 "Our mission is not to make peace.  Our mission is to make money . . ."

"Palestinian independence, a total and immediate loss of the West Bank and Gaza markets, would probably cause heavy losses to many Israeli businessmen in the fields of construction, hotels, imports, and manufacturing."

All quotes from:  'The Sewing Factory in Gaza, the Administration in Tel-Aviv, and the Owners in New York: Israeli Industrialists' Strategy in the Global Supply Chain,' by Efraim Davidi.  The entire article is worth reading:

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1 comment:

  1. " . . . . Palestinian commerce had long been hostage to the occupier - a satellite that for 50 years has been forced to revolve around Israel's larger and more advanced economy."

    "Few Palestinians are happy with this arrangement, but there is little they can do about it on their own, being locked into a relationship of almost total economic dependency by the Paris Protocols, an often forgotten sub-section of the Oslo Agreements of the mid-1990s.

    "The terms of the protocols are stark: where any external trade is permitted, with countries such as Jordan and Turkey, it is strictly limited and controlled. The kind of free trade seen in the rest of the world is a chimera here."

    "Currently Palestinians have to accept the goods and services which Israel allows them to have and from where it allows them to obtain those things - be it water or fuel or food products or much else besides."

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