Yesh Atid MK vows to create 3,000 jobs in Gaza

"After 17 years of missiles falling and reprisals like ping pong, it is time to separate the people of Gaza from terror by bringing more work to the people."

February 28, 2018 17:07
1 minute read.
A Palestinian vendor sells vegetables at a market in Gaza City

A Palestinian vendor sells vegetables at a market in Gaza City. (photo credit: ISMAIL ZAYDAH / REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


MK Haim Jelin, who lives at Kibbutz Nahal Oz in the Gaza periphery, has decided to help his neighbors.

Through Spanish Ambassador Manuel Gomez-Acebo, Jelin has approached a Spanish textile corporation and urged it to expand a textile factory in Gaza that currently employs 300 people. Jelin said he is convinced that the negotiations will lead to the creation of more than 3,000 jobs in the Strip.

“After 17 years of missiles falling and reprisals like pingpong, it is time to separate the people of Gaza from terrorism by bringing more work to the people,” Jelin told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

“Every Gazan who has work supports his extended family. The goal is to create as many workplaces as possible, as part of a long-term plan for Gaza’s future.”

Jelin turned to textiles because at its peak, the industry employed close to 6,000 people in the Gaza Strip, and related fields supporting the industry employed thousands more. He said he was aware of the numbers, because when, as head of the Eshkol Regional Council, he was in charge of the Karni crossing near Nahal Oz, he facilitated 450 trucks hauling textiles entering Israel from the Gaza Strip.

The plan is coordinated with Gazan business owners, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, and the coordinator of government activities in the territories, Maj.- Gen. Yoav Mordechai. Jelin revealed that President Reuven Rivlin has been instrumental in advancing the plan with top Spanish leaders.

“The time has come to restore life to Gaza’s textile industry,” Jelin said. “If there are epidemics in Gaza, it will be Israel’s problem, so we need their economy to develop.”

Related Content

Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy.
June 18, 2019
Greenblatt: Settlements not reason for lack of peace


Cookie Settings