AHLC in New York: Israel Presents the World with Projects for the Benefit of Palestinians

During the September meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the Israeli delegation to the committee presented projects that Israel is promoting in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip for the benefit of all residents. The main goals of these projects are to maintain regional stability and to generate economic development in the region.

Sunday (17.9.17) marked the opening of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee's September conference in New York. The various meetings were attended by representatives from the United States, the European Union, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Quartet. The participating Israeli delegation included Minister of Regional Cooperation, Tzachi Hanegbi, the Ministry's Director General, Joseph Draznin,  the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, Head of Finance Division in the Foreign Ministry, Yaffa ben-Ari, Representative of the Finance Ministry, Michal Ritov and Head of the Israeli Water Authority, Giora Shaham. During the conference Maj. Gen. Mordechai presented the various projects Israel is promoting in Judea and Samaria and toward the Gaza Strip. Members of the Israeli delegation presented proposals on how the international community can contribute and assist in several of these important projects that will significantly improve the quality of life for Palestinians, as well as provide a boost to economic growth.

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The Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) unit and its implementing branches, the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria and the Coordination Liaison Administration to the Gaza Strip, are charged with coordinating, organizing and assisting in a variety of civilian projects in their respective regions. These projects range across various fields, including from electricity, water and sewage infrastructure, to the employment of Palestinians and the crossings. Ultimately, the objective of COGAT’s activities of is to improve the Palestinians’ quality of life and thereby bring about stability and prosperity for the benefit of all residents.

It is important to note that the activities of the Civil Administration take place during an extremely complex period. The reduction of security coordination following recent violent events in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria makes it difficult to maintain a stable relationship with the Palestinian side. This has had major negative implications for Palestinian residents. At the same time, the Palestinian side continues to pay salaries to imprisoned and released terrorists who carried out terrorist attacks against Israelis.

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As for the Gaza Strip, the energy and electricity situation is worsening, and even the amount of flowing water has been reduced . Instead of dealing with these problems, the Hamas terrorist organization continues to deteriorate the situation and exploit the Gazans for its terror activity.

Nevertheless, Israel continues to promote vital projects in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip in order to maintain stability, meet the needs of the local population and bring economic development to the entire region.

Participation in the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee is just a small part of COGAT’s year round work to promote projects to promote stability in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

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