Dutch Foreign Minister During Visit at Allenby Bridge says: "Only Economy Will Bring Peace"

Earlier today, the Dutch Foreign Minister, accompanied by the Head of COGAT and the Israeli and Palestinian representatives, visited the new cargo x-ray scanner facility at the Allenby Bridge terminal. The new facility, of which the Dutch government contributed $3.5 million, will significantly increase imports and exports from Judea and Samaria and Gaza.

 

Today, (10.1.18) the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Halbe Zijlstra and his staff were accompanied on a tour at Allenby Bridge by the Head of the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories unit, Major General Yoav (Poli) Mordechai, and a group of Israeli representatives and Palestinian representatives, headed by Mr. Nazmi Mohanna, Director of the Border and Crossings Authority in the Palestinian Authority. Their tour included a presentation of the activities in the Passenger Passageway, where some 2.5 million people passed through in 2017 travelling between Judea, Samaria and Jordan, and the import and export terminal for goods to and from Judea and Samaria and Gaza, which hosts around 250 trucks per day, an amount that is around 10% of all Palestinian imports annually.

The new cargo x-ray scanner facility, which was donated by the Dutch government, allows trucks to carry goods through the scanner without the need to unload the goods. Previous scanners required for trucks to stop and unload their contents for checks. The new device will greatly improve the speed at which goods can be processed and transported. The device became fully operational two weeks ago and will soon be operated to full capacity. The new scanner will allow for 20 trucks to be checked per hour, while former scanners allowed for only 8 per hour.

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At the end of the tour, the Dutch Foreign Minister, said that his message to Israelis and Palestinians was "In the long term the best solution is to build your economy, to work together, to get prosperity on both sides because it is the only way for enduring peace. Because if you have a benefit in working together you will not start fighting."

Maj. Gen. Yoav (Poli) Mordechai thanked the Dutch Foreign Minister, stressing the importance of cooperation between the Dutch government and the State of Israel to promote Palestinian trade and economy.

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