Far from being targeted for “boycotts, divestment and sanctions,” Israel’s trade with its Middle Eastern neighbors is in fact blossoming, a new report from a leading British think tank said on Friday.
Total Israeli exports of goods and services to MENA markets in 2016 are estimated at about $7 billion, and total Israeli imports from Middle Eastern markets in 2016 are estimated at a roughly similar magnitude,” the report — entitled “Assessing Israel’s Trade with its Arab Neighbors” and published by the London-based Institute for Global Change, founded by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair — noted.
The report spotlighted what it called “the growing dependence of the Palestinian economy on Israel in recent years.”
“In 2016, Israel was the source of some 60 per cent of Palestinian recorded imports of goods and the destination of 85 per cent of Palestinian recorded exports of goods,” the report said. “Moreover, the number of Palestinian laborers employed in Israel increased significantly from 40,000 in 2002 to 130,000 in 2016.”