Israel will begin to import goods from countries with less liberal human rights policies
Israel will start importing goods from the United Arab Emirates, Iran and other countries that have “more liberal human-rights policies,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday.
Netanyahu said the move was “necessary” to strengthen the countrys trade ties with these countries.
Neturei Karta, the head of the Knesset’s Committee for the Status of Women, welcomed the move.
The committee is responsible for drafting legislation that aims to improve the lives of women in Israel.
The United Arab Emirate will now be included in the list of countries that will receive aid from the government, the premier said.
The list will include the UAE, the United Kingdom, the European Union and countries in Africa.
The UAE is Israel’s largest trading partner, with exports totaling $11.3 billion last year, according to the World Bank.
The announcement comes amid a worsening economic situation, with the number of Israelis unemployed rising by 17,000 since May, according the Israel Labor Ministry.
The unemployment rate in Israel is 7.5 percent, according a survey by the Ministry of Economy.
Israel’s economy was worth $15.9 billion last September.
The government has announced that its economy will grow by 3.2 percent this year.