Israel makes trade with Arab world more difficult

Published May 7th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Israel has reportedly introduced a series of sanctions to chastise the Arab states that have downgraded diplomatic and economic relations with it, including Morocco, Tunisia, Qatar, Oman and Mauritania. 


According the Globes> financial daily, Israeli importers wishing to import from Arab counties requiring import licenses issued by the ministry of industry and trade, have experienced difficulties in receiving the necessary documentation. 


Gabi Bar, the deputy director of the Middle East desk at the ministry of industry and trade’s foreign trade division, confirmed the report and noted that the countries targeted include those who closed their economic liaison offices in Israel, and required Israeli representatives on their side to leave. 


Jordan is the only Arab country from which it is permitted to bring in goods to Israel without a license. Even Egypt, which has had a peace agreement with Israel longer than any other one of its neighbors, is subject to Israeli import controls. 


The ministry’s decision is not without its critics. Dan Gilerman, the president of the Israeli Federation of Chambers of Commerce stated that Israel must do everything possible to preserve its economic relations with Arab and Muslim countries. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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