IDF in NY to pro­mote projects for Pales­tini­ans. Syr­i­ans,

Jerusalem Post - - FRONT PAGE - • By TOVAH LAZAROFF

An IDF del­e­ga­tion in New York is pro­mot­ing projects to help the Pales­tini­ans and Syr­i­ans.

On the side­lines of the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly, the co­or­di­na­tor of govern­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in the ter­ri­to­ries, Maj.-Gen. Yoav “Poly” Mordechai, has met with New York Arch­bishop Car­di­nal Ti­mothy Dolan to strengthen ties with the Catholic Church.

“The two dis­cussed ways to as­sist the Syr­ian pop­u­la­tion in South­ern Syria through Is­rael in the frame­work of Good Neigh­bor­hood Project,” COGAT said in a state­ment it posted on its Face­book page. Mordechai held a sim­i­lar con­ver­sa­tion with Bishop An­drew M. L. Di­etsche, head of the Epis­co­pal Dio­cese of New York.

Mordechai also will par­tic­i­pate in Mon­day’s meet­ing of the Ad Hoc Li­ai­son Com­mit­tee (AHLC), the prin­ci­pal co­or­di­nat­ing or­gan for donor fund­ing that pro­vides de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance to the Pales­tini­ans in the West Bank and Gazam which is chaired by Nor­way and spon­sored by the Euro­pean Union and United States.

“The Is­raeli del­e­ga­tion will present the projects and ini­tia­tives in Judea, Sa­maria and the Gaza Strip that Is­rael is in­ter­ested in pro­mot­ing for the ben­e­fit of all the res­i­dents and in or­der to main­tain sta­bil­ity in the re­gion and de­velop it eco­nom­i­cally,” COGAT said.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, like the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, has pres­sured Is­rael to make con­ces­sions to the Pales­tini­ans.

Among the projects Is­rael plans to present is con­struc­tion of the Tarku­miya In­dus­trial Park near the Tarku­miya cross­ing. COGAT also is ex­pected to talk about ways to halt pol­lu­tion in the Kidron Val­ley.

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