‘Palestine, a possible mini-Dubai of ME’ 29Apr11 April 30, 2011

Press TV -  29 April 2011

Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and its aggressions against the Palestinians are aimed at plundering their natural wealth, says a Middle East expert.

“People don’t understand that this conflict is also to do with natural resources because in the offshore Gaza area is vast reserves of natural gas,” Peter Eyre, a Middle East consultant in London, told Press TV on Thursday.

“… Given the opportunity, this small nucleus of two separate entities [Gaza Strip and the West Bank], if they come together, has got enough wealth to become what I call the mini-Dubai of the eastern Mediterranean –that is perfectly possible,” Eyre said.

“Palestinian people have got tremendous wealth at their fingertips,” he added.

Eyre also expressed pleasure over a pact made recently between Palestinian factions to form a transitional unity government and hold future elections.

“I’m quite happy with the way things have gone on; for the first time we have two factions that have come together and that’s a wonderful achievement,” the Middle East consultant said.

He also lauded the fact that the agreement was achieved without external interference.

“It’s all been organized within the Arab states…They don’t the West to resolve this issue,” Eyre said.

Eyre further pointed out that the West has always sided with Israel and that has been a longstanding “obstacle” on the way to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Delegations representing Hamas and Fatah came to an understanding on Wednesday in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, where they resumed unity talks.

Hamas and Fatah have been at odds since the former won the Palestinian parliamentary elections in January 2006.

Fatah set up headquarters in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, with Hamas arguing that the faction works in cahoots with Tel Aviv.

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