Ad Hoc Liaison Committee: Israel Presents the International Community with Projects for the Benefit of Palestinians כותרת משנהDuring the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee’s conference, the Israeli delegation presented the projects that Israel is promoting for the benefit of all residents in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, with the aim of maintaining regional stability and promoting economic development. 5/3/2017 טקסט ראשיToday (Wednesday, 5.3.17) concludes the first day of the bi-annual Ad Hoc Liaison Committee’s conference, with the participation of professional representatives from the US, EU, Norway, Netherlands, UK, Japan, the UN, the World Bank, the Quartet and others. Included in the Israeli delegation are Colonel Hatib Mansour, head of COGAT’s Civil Department, Yaffa ben Ari, Head of the Economic Affairs Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Shaul Cohen from the Finance Ministry. Col. Mansour presented the various projects that Israel is promoting in Judea and Samaria and toward the Gaza Strip. Furthermore, 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. COGAT, along with its implementing bodies, the Civil Administration and the Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration, are currently coordinating, organizing and assisting in a variety of civilian projects in the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria. These projects cover various fields, from electricity, water and sewage infrastructure, to Palestinian employment and improvement of the crossings, and ending with coordinating and preparing for different events. Ultimately, the COGAT’s objective is to promote the civilian interests of Palestinians in order to improve their quality of life, and thereby bring about stability and prosperity for the general public. It is important to note that the Civil Administration’s activities over the last year occurred in the shadow of 2016’s violence and terror attacks, which were perpetrated against Israelis and were a result of Palestinian incitement and glorification of terrorism. (See our report on the stories behind terrorists here). Despite this security challenge, there has been a relative degree of stability in recent months which has enabled accelerated progress in the implementation of various projects. The Coordination and Liaison Administration of Gaza has faced complex challenges this past year, with efforts by the Hamas terror organization to rebuild and rearm their military wing at the expense of Gaza’s civilian residents. Gaza’s civilian populace is under the extreme burden of Hamas’ taxes (see our article here) and are exploited time and time again by Hamas. Effectively, Gaza’s civilian populace is being held hostage by Hamas. Participation in the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee is just a small part of COGAT’s year round work to promote projects to improve the welfare of all residents in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip.