And you too are right at least in theory that Israel would be better off having close economic ties with the Palestinian Arabs. And not just Israel, they would be better off too ...Originally Posted by curlyg
But in practice I am not so sure. The last time Israel allowed freedom of movement, between 1993 and 2000, during the so called Oslo peace accords, Arab extremists orchestrated numerous attacks against Israeli employers and other Israelis in general. Lots of murders, knifings, shooting, kidnappings etc ...and it ended up going both ways because it provoked one of our own nutters Baruch Goldstein but in fairness he was the only Israeli who went as far as he did. Others retaliated in their own ways but none were as drastic.
Of course after the outbreak of the second Intifada things got even worse.
My fear is that given the opportunity, they [Arab fanatics] would do anything, again, to make sure that any attempt at economic cooperation would fail again.