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[casi] Bert Gedin wanted you to read this:

As Salamu alaikum,

This could be near to what is being asked for.  BG.

American Official calls On Israeli Companies To Participate In Iraq's Reconstruction (26 Jun 2003)

The U.S. Vice-Secretary of Treasury, John Taylor, invited Israeli companies to take advantage of 
the "new economic situation" in Iraq and of the great opportunities available, stressing that 
investment in reconstruction projects would give a great push to the Israeli economy.

Talking at the World Economic Forum in Jordan, the American official said in an interview with the 
Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot that the doors of Iraq were wide open to Israeli companies "to work 
and invest and participate in the various fields." He added he didn't see why this was not 
impossible, especially since the pending new economic legislation, to be issued for the Iraqi 
economy in the coming weeks, is set to sanction the activities and investment of Israeli companies, 
which enjoy advanced capabilities in the technological and infrastructure fields. They will also be 
allowed to sell Israeli products to Iraq, either directly or in cooperation with other companies. 
He pointed out that Iraq at this point had no restrictions on imports and there were not even duty 
taxes, stressing once again that the doors of the Iraqi economy were wide open.

Taylor, who supported the U.S. approval of Israel's request for a nine-billion-dollar loan, added 
that the reconstruction of Iraq would take years, but that the Iraqis were starting to reap the 
benefits of a free economy, pointing that they would soon start "using a new currency." He again 
repeated that "opening the doors of the Iraqi market and implementing the Roadmap were a guarantee 
to a promising future for the Israeli economy."

In parallel, the University of Haifa started a training session for tourist guides at the end of 
which they plan to visit Iraq in November, as an introduction to other tourist trips. The manager 
of a tourist office said that thousands of Israelis showed interest in this trip. He commented in 
an interview to the Army station that he had some direct calls with Iraqi tourist agencies for this 
purpose, and that he wasn't only relying on the Americans to execute this plan. However, a reporter 
who just returned from Iraq where he spent a week, said that talk of tours to Iraq were a bit 
premature, drawing the attention to the "deep gap" between the Americans' comments about the 
opportunities available in Iraq and the reality on the ground, adding that the Iraqis "are 
absolutely not eager to receive Israelis after dozens of years of enmity."

Al Hayat

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