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U.S. Jewish-Arab business group
will promote West Bank project
BY WOLF BLITZER
The Jewish News Washington Correspondent
Washington - American liberalizing Israel's West Bank
Jewish members of the Business policies.
Group for Middle East Peace and
Beyond accepting the notion of
Development have confirmed that the new bank on the West Bank,
Israeli Prime Minister Shimon the Israeli leader informed Shultz
Peres quietly gave them the green that Israel's military government
light to promote the establish- would also permit new indus-
ment of a development bank on trialization projects, the estab-
the West Bank and other projects
aimed at improving the quality of
life for Palesinians living there. The group will focus
They also claim Peres authorized
that the group undertake some on long-term ways to
new initiatives aimed at advanc- improve Israeli
ing the overall Arab-Israeli peace
The private group, organized by
Prof. Steve Cohen of Queens Col- structural problems
lege in New York, includes some in the economy and
of the wealthiest and most politi-
cally active American Jews and increase exports.
American Arabs. All are Ameri-
The State Department as well
lishment of more hospitals and
as Jordan's King Hussein are also other social services and the re-
known to have quietly endorsed
opening of the universities.
Palestinians returning to the
Among the Jews in the group
West Bank would be permitted to
are Lester Crown of Chicago, the
bring $5,000 with them rather
chief executive of General than the former sum of $3,500.
Dynamics; Jay Pritzker of
The Prime Minister promised to
Chicago, the owner of the Hyatt allow most of the West Bank
hotel chain and other businesses; towns and villages to again have
New York banker Steve Shalom;
Palestinian mayors, rather than
businessmen Rober Arnow, Israeli civilian administrators as
Robert Steinberg and Larry Tisch has been the case in recent years.
of New York; Henry Kaufman,
A delegation of five well-known
the influential Wall Street West Bankers involved in quietly
economist; Washington attorney cooperating with the scheme
Alfred Moses; former B'nai B'rith came to New York and Washing-
Anti-Defamation League Execu-
ton earlier in October, having ob-
tive Director Arnold Forster; tained travel permits from the Is-
American Jewish Congress raeli government.
President Howard Squadron; and
According to informed sources,
former World Jewish Congress U.S., Israeli and Jordanian offi-
President Philip Klutznick.
cials agree that this business
There is an equally impressive group, composed of private Ame-
group of Arab Americans in the rian citizens, may be able to
group, including former Pan undertake certain delicate dip-
American" Airlines President
lomatic responsibilities which
Najeeb Halaby, who is King Hus- none of the governments is yet
sein's father-in-law; Bill Baroody,
prepared to do. In the short-run,
the head of the American Jewish members of the group,
Enterprise Institute in Washing- backed by the Israeli government,
ton; and Zahi Khouri and Joe
also want to promote the estab-
Jacobs, both extremely wealthy lishment of a new and indepen-
dent West Bank political leader-
Behind the scenes, several
ship which would not necessarily
prominent American statesmen, take its cue from the PLO.
including former Secretary of
But the entire project is still ex-
State Cyrus Vance and Middle tremely sensitive and controver-
East neotiator Philip Habib, have
sial. Individuals involved in
also endorsed the operation.
promoting it have refused to ad-
The group is also attempting to
dress the matter publicly, prefer-
encourage King Hussein and ring instead to speak about it only
other Arabs to join the peace proc- privately. They clearly fear that
ess with Israel. Well-informed too much public discussion could
sources said that while Hussein undermine its overall effective-
privately supports the group, he is
taking an extremely low profile
The newly-formed U.S.-Israeli
out of fear of angering radical joint economic committee is ex-
pected to open its meetings
The long-standing proposal for
shortly, hoping to reach some
the West Bank Development
specific conclusions about improv-
Bank was opposed by the former ing the Israeli economy by
Likud-led government. But Peres,
backed by Defense Minister Yit-
U.S. and Israeli officials in-
zhak Rabin, has changed the Is- volved in preparing for this first
raeli attitude, in part in order to session in Washington said the
demonstrate to Secretary of State group will primarily focus on
George Shultz that Israel, too, long-term ways to improve Israeli
wants to improve the quality of productivity, reform some long-
life on the West Bank.
standing structural problems in
Peres's position has reportedly
the Israeli economy and increase
angered Foreign Minister Yit- exports. The Israeli delegation
zhak Shamir and other Likud
will be led by Emmanuel Sharon,
partners in the national unity
Director General of the Finance
government. They are said to fear
Ministry. The U.S. team will be
that he may be going too far in chaired by Under Secretary of