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Netanyahu sees need to boost Palestinian economy

Netanyahu sees need to boost Palestinian economy

A French newspaper is quoting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying a stronger Palestinian economy would help peace efforts.
Netanyahu is in Paris for a ceremony welcoming Israel into the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a group of leading world economies.
In an interview with Le Figaro, Netanyahu welcomes OECD membership as an acknowledgment of Israel's economic potential. Palestinian officials opposed the move, citing Israel's occupation of the West Bank.
Netanyahu told Le Figaro, "one of the current challenges is to develop the economic situation of the Palestinians," which he says "could greatly help" peace efforts.
He does not lay out any proposals for boosting the Palestinian economy, which suffers from high poverty and unemployment.


Updated : 2021-03-02 07:31 GMT+08:00