I can't wait for "peace activists" and "human rights activists" put out any press releases praising this initiative between Israel and Palestinian Arabs as a shining example of peace and cooperation. After all, this should be an example as to how things should work, so no doubt these activists will be thrilled to learn about it. Otherwise, people might start to wonder whether they really care about peace at all.
The Erez Crossing Coordination Liaison Offices (CLO) at the Gaza Strip held a flower cultivation conference for 24 Palestinian representatives in response to the recent carnation export. The conference focused on protecting crops during the winter and the export process in general.
"There is not natural border between Israel and the Gaza Strip," explained (CLO) agricultural coordinator, Ori Madar. "Diseases and other infections can pass from the Gaza Strip to Israel and vice versa." He added that approximately 8% of the Gaza agricultural product is exported.
Israeli authorities and the IDF are essential in the Gaza flower export and follow international standards. "The CLO is also in charge of water systems as well as ground and product inspections, and provides Palestinian farmers with the necessary agricultural tools and support," explained Madar.
Such educational programs are held monthly, this particular conference dealing with American Carnation crops that are in high demand in markets in Holland. This year, over 20 million flowers are to be exported from the Gaza Strip, as well as strawberries, peppers and tomatoes.
"The participants are thirsty for knowledge. They are seeking innovation and we can provide them with it. We help them with marketing and optimize their export," explained Joseph Moshe who lectured at the conference.
"This is about our income," said one of the Palestinian farmers. "The information and support we get from the CLO is extremely beneficial. The flowers' quality is the most important component affecting our income. I learned a lot about packaging, and most of my work is based on information I acquired from Israel throughout the years.
And I found this news at an Arab website!