In Middle East, Relationship between Business and Peace is Tenuous

Author: Paul Wozniak, Watson Institute, Published on: 23 April 2009

Guy Ben-Porat of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev…argued that in the Middle East the relationship between business and the peace process is…complicated…Among the problems…are businesses’ inability to collectively organize and changing levels of commitment to political participation…During the early 1990s…Israeli businesses adopted a focus on economic growth and stability…Eventually, the benefits…waned, and business…disengaged from the political process…[In] the Palestinian Territories…although there is an interest in peace…in the business community, there is a lack of efficacy to play a role in the peace process…the Jordanian business community generally has an official position of opposition to the peace process…Individual business leaders may personally support the peace process, but refuse to express this…since it can bring them no political benefit.

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