chapter  19
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Practical Prospects for Arab–Israeli Economic Cooperation

The objective of economic cooperation is primarily to establish in the minds of both the Israeli and Arab publics that Israel has been accepted as a normal state, and only secondarily to increase the prosperity of Israelis and Arabs. What is needed to accomplish that primary goal is success, no matter on how small a scale. Success builds confidence, while failure reinforces pessimism about the state of ArabIsraeli relations.