| The following is the
dated Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004:
Israeli Trade With Arab
Countries Increasing Despite Oslo War
three quarters of 2004 have seen almost a 50% Israeli increase in trade with
Despite the Oslo War, Israel's
economic relations with Arab states seem to be warming up. Israel's trade with
Arab states rose a total of 47.4% so far in 2004 to $169.7 million, according
to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics.
Jordan rose 66% in the period from January to August, 2004, reaching $90.4
million. Israeli exports to Egypt rose 30.8% during that period, to $18.7
million. Exports to Morocco rose 50%, to $3.2 million.
Earlier this month, the Arab League's Israel Boycott
Bureau called upon the European Union to suspend preferred trade relations with
Israel and to enforce an EU boycott of Israeli products from Judea, Samaria and