The business forum was created by Arab-Muslim Hebron resident Ashraf Jabari and Israel-Jewish Ariel resident Avi Zimmerman.
The Israeli Palestinian Economic Forum is hosted annually by the Integrated Business Roundtable. A unifying conviction among the Roundtable partners is that increased direct investment in high quality business enterprise is the sturdiest pathway to shared prosperity and eventual peace in Judea and Samaria.
The timing is right to focus on new investment in the region. International aid has materially declined and the Palestine National Authority itself has endorsed a shift toward building up the private economy including such strategies as “Beyond Aid” from the Portland Trust.
This new thinking is grounded in the emergence of local Palestinian and Israeli Jewish entrepreneurs who are looking past current challenges and economic constraints and have joined forces to build integrated businesses.