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Green Line pilot program could boost Israeli-Palestinian business ventures

A business center built on the Green Line, at the Sha’ar Ephraim crossing, could boost Israeli-Palestinian economic ties.

The pilot project, which opens its doors in September, was funded by the Regional Cooperation Ministry.

The center was designed to allow Israelis and Palestinians meet without requiring permits, Ayoub Kara (Likud), the deputy regional cooperation minister, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

The building is situated so that Palestinians can enter from the West Bank and Israelis can enter from areas within the Green Line by simply arriving at the doors and undergoing a routine security check.

“It will be as easy as going to the mall,” Kara said.

Visitors to the center can reserve rooms for meetings, to sign contracts or finalize business deals. If the model is successful his office will open other centers near Jerusalem and Jenin.

Cooperation and improved ties with the Palestinians and the larger Arab world starts with the economy, Kara said, adding that such liaisons are needed to fight the greater danger of extremism in the region, such as Iran.


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