TEL AVIV, Feb. 9 (DPA / EP) –
The Israeli government has announced this Saturday that it will ban the export of Palestinian agricultural products through Jordan in response to the recent boycott of the Palestinian Authority to meat produced in Israel
“From now on, the export of Palestinian agricultural products through the border crossing of the Allenby Bridge is prohibited,” the Israeli Defense Ministry said in a statement. The Israeli Government wanted to point out that it will lift this restriction as soon as the Palestinian Authority ends its boycott.
The Palestinian boycott has affected the Israeli economy, whose exports to the Palestinian Authority totaled around 4 billion dollars in 2019, according to the Israeli Israeli newspaper Globes.
The Palestinian Authority will also receive a heavy blow for this veto. From the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture it is emphasized that the ban affects vegetables, fruits, olive oil and dates, which grow in the Jordan Valley, and that contribute 100 million dollars to the needy Palestinian economy.
The trade dispute between Israelis and Palestinians is another facet of the current paralysis of the peace talks, aggravated after the presentation of the United States unilateral peace plan for the region, made without prior consultation with the Palestinians.