Avi Zimmerman (L) and Ashraf Jabari, leaders of "Judea Samaria Regional Development Financing Initiative." (Courtesy) (Courtesy)
Avi Zimmerman and Ashraf Jabari

“We are working on taking down borders, and both Israelis and Palestinians need to take part in this,” said Palestinian businessman and community leader Ashraf Jabari.

An economic initiative aimed at advancing economic opportunities in Judea and Samaria was launched in Jerusalem on Wednesday with the active participation and support of both Israeli and Palestinian business leaders.

The mission of the project, known as the “Judea Samaria Regional Development Financing Initiative,” (RDFI) is to integrate economic planning as well as to advance joint entrepreneurship between Israelis and Palestinians who live in the region.

Leading the initiative is the Judea-Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JSC), an organization founded on such a partnership by an Israeli, Avi Zimmerman, and a Palestinian, Ashraf Jabari.

The forum continues Thursday at the King David hotel in Jerusalem with the participation of dignitaries such as US Ambassador David Friedman, former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren, and US Senator James Lankford.

In this video, Moshe Lev-Ran, head of exports at Barkan’s TwitoPlast, which makes air conditioner parts and whose plant is managed by a Palestinian, describes the amazing coexistence.






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