US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Ben Gurion Airport January 2, 2014, Israel, for talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials to finalize a framework of a comprehensive Middle East peace agreement. (AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI)
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Economy Minister Naftali Bennett dismissed Monday a growing chorus of alarm that Israeli business will face international isolation if peace talks with the Palestinians fail.Indicating rising friction within the government, Bennett urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ignore the warnings, saying an independent Palestine would become a haven for militants and represent a serious threat to Israeli stability. One of the largest pension funds in the Netherlands, PGGM, announced earlier this month that is was divesting from five Israeli banks because of their business dealings with Jewish settlements that dot the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.Bennett acknowledged seeing the "buds of economic boycott," but said an independent Palestine represented a far greater threat because it would become a launchpad for attacks.
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