Germany to Host Conference in Support of PA Armed Forces

Berlin, Germany will host an international conference on June 24 in support of the armed forces of the Palestinian Authority.

Nissan Ratzlav-Katz,

The Berlin Conference announcement
The Berlin Conference announcement
photo: Berlin Conference website

Berlin, Germany will host an international conference on June 24 in support of the armed forces of the Palestinian Authority.
The Berlin Conference is geared towards "harnessing and bolstering international efforts to support the Palestinian security sector."

Over 40 representatives of the key players in the Middle East will be attending the Berlin Conference in Support of Palestinian Civil Security and the Rule of Law. The invited nations and organizations include Israel, the PA, the United Nations, the European Union member-states, the Arab League, Russia, Japan, Canada and other interested parties.

The Berlin conference is to be the third in a series organized by the international community to demonstrate support for the PA. An Investment Conference was held in Bethlehem in May 2008 and a Donor Conference was held in Paris in December 2007.

According to German officials, the Berlin Conference is geared towards "harnessing and bolstering international efforts to support the Palestinian security sector.... in close cooperation with the Palestinian Government."

For its part in those efforts, Germany boasted that it is has recently supplied radio devices and patrol cars to the PA's Fatah-controlled armed forces. Russia, Jordan, the US and even Israel have been involved in supplying PA forces with armored vehicles, guns, bullets, security training and other equipment over the past 14 years.

"There can only be a lasting solution to the Middle East conflict if Israel and Palestine live side by side in peace as two independent states. But a state needs more than territory - it needs above all else functioning institutions," German sources explained. "Alongside a parliament and government, these include well-equipped security authorities and an independent judiciary."

However, according to the World Bank, since 2000 the PA went from boasting an investment- and private sector-driven economy to being an entity existing almost exclusively on donor aid. In December of last year, donor nations pledged another $7.7 billion in assistance to the PA. By May 2008, $717 million had been handed over to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.





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