Boycott Watch
September 23, 2004
Israel National News: Arab Boycott of Israel is Weakening
   Summary: Israel National News, which is politically aligned with Israel's Likud party yet disagrees with many of their policies, today reported holes in the Arab boycott of Israel. The "Oslo War" as referred to in to in their article is what many Israelis call the current surge of terrorism that started with the signing the Oslo Accords.
The following is the INN report dated Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004:

Israeli Trade With Arab Countries Increasing Despite Oslo War

   The first three quarters of 2004 have seen almost a 50% Israeli increase in trade with Arab countries.

   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.

   Exports to 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 Gaza.
End of Israel National News report

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