Foreign Ministry Response to EU Commission Statement

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
May 13, 1998

In response to a communique published by the spokesman of the European Commission regarding the adoption of two documents dealing with the exports of Israeli goods, including those produced in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and the Golan Heights, a spokesman for the Israeli Government stated that Israel considers these documents as a blatant infringement of the Paris Agreements between itself and the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The Paris Agreements — signed between Israel and the PA in 1994 — are part of the Oslo Agreements and determine a single customs envelope between Israel and the Palestinians. The Commission’s intervention will damage the economic relations between Israel and the Palestinians. In addition, the Commission’s one-sided documents constitute an attempt to prejudge Israel’s borders, before these have been duly determined within the framework of negotiations with its neighbors.

Israel calls upon the Council of Ministers to refrain from taking one-sided steps which could harm the peace process.