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Monday, May 10, 2010

Israel joins the OECD

From YNet:
The Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) accepted Israel into its ranks Monday during a vote, as its 32nd member.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, currently in China, received an unofficial message from the organization, and an official statement will be made in Paris in the afternoon. The official invitation is to be handed to Steinitz at a convention of the OECD's finance ministers in Paris at the end of the month. Slovenia and Estonia were also accepted as members Monday.

"The significance of this is huge and that is why, as a matter of fact, I decided to treat it as a top priority 10 months ago and enter into a special program to introduce Israel into the organization at a peak time," Steinitz told Israel Radio.


"It is the most respectable international club a small state like Israel can be accepted into," he added. "From what we know about other states, in the years following the acceptance there is a rise of billions of dollars in foreign investments in the state accepted."

Steinitz said Israel was being accepted into the club responsible for dictating the world's financial guidelines. "There is also a political gain here. We are receiving a stamp of approval… that Israel belongs to the world's most advanced and developed countries, and not just financially – in civil rights, a clean and independent court system, regulations, equality, and steps to eliminate discrimination," he said.

Some people were not happy about this. From Daylife:
Pro-Palestinian activists hold a banner reading 'Israel Criminal: OEDC accomplice' after entering the loby of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OEDC) headquarters on May 6, 2010 in Paris to protest against the agreement signed earlier this year regarding Israel, on track to join the organisation.

The caption shows yet again that the press has a problem distinguishing between "pro-Palestinian" (which is a vanishingly small movement) and "anti-Israel" (which is quite large.)

I could not find a single banner from this group in Daylife that even mentions "Palestine." No, the protesters' obsession is not to create a Palestinian Arab state but to destroy a Jewish state.

Which, incidentally, has been the position of the Palestinian Arab leaders themselves since they first appeared on the scene in the ancient times of the 1920s.