Palestinian Coordinating Council of the Private Sector:“We prefer a stick with dignity to a carrot of humiliation under a continued regime of Occupation”
The Palestinian private sector in a press statement by the all-inclusive coordinating council of all the business associations, chambers of commerce, and industrial & trade organizations representing the mass of business leaders in Palestine categorically rejects and describes as insulting the so called “stick and carrot” policy unveiled by the Israeli Minister of Defense, Mr. Avigdor Liberman.
“We view the policy that proposed to directly contact Palestinian figures, businessmen and academics and bypass the Palestinian National Authority and its legitimate leadership under elected President Mahmoud Abbas as amateurish, and completely humiliating, under estimating our intellect; and reminds us of old age ideas that are null and void.
We as leaders of business and respected figures in our community, representing the private sector in the state of Palestine regard with honor and pride the PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian National Authority with the related government agencies as our national government providing us with rule of law, security and enabling environment.
We view them as facilitators and our protection from a discriminating carrot that we consider as our natural right without occupation. Should the occupation regime be removed there will be no need for a carrot from Mr. Liberman; we will have the freedom to make our own decisions under a sovereign state.
As such Mr. Liberman we prefer an honorable stick to this dehumanizing carrot.
The Coordinating Council of the private sector includes eleven institutions: The Palestinian trade center “Pal-trade”, the Palestinian Federation of Business Associations, the Union of Chambers of Commerce and Agriculture, the Palestinian Federation of Industries, the Association of Banks, the Union of Insurance Agencies, the Information Technology Association “PITA”, the Association of Arab Hotels, the Union of Contractors, the Palestinian Shippers’ Council and the Forum of Businesswomen.