Another Marshall Plan Needed for the Palestinians, Hyde Says
Sanchez, Robert, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Robert Sanchez Daily Herald Staff Writer
U.S. Congressman Henry Hyde this week reiterated his belief that economic development in Palestine is the key to achieving a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
"Right now, the Palestinian people are without hope," the Wood Dale Republican said Sunday during an appearance at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard. "All they do is throw stones, shoot guns, if they can get them, or find more people who will kill themselves for a hopeless cause."
Hyde, who is chairman of the House International Relations Committee, has spent the last several months calling for nations throughout the world, including Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, to invest in Palestine's private sector and help create new jobs.
The concept is similar to the Marshall Plan, the U.S. initiative that brought economic recovery to Europe after World War II.
Hyde said that if young Palestinians have jobs, they will be encouraged to stop the violence.
"The Palestinians can have a future," he said. "They can have an education for their children, employment, factories, jobs - a future."
Hyde also said that the creation of a Palestinian state is a vital part of the peace process.
"It's part of the solution," he said. "If they (the Palestinians) really want it, they are going to be willing to do something for it - and that's stop the violence."
The veteran congressman's comments on Sunday drew praise from some audience members for not pandering to the mostly Jewish crowd.
"I saw him as sensible, even humanitarian, when he talked about the Marshall Plan," said Sheldon Isenberg of Naperville. "I expected to hear more platitudes."
Naperville resident Howard Yokelson said he was impressed with Hyde's responses to questions. …