Posted by Gareth Icke Posted on 17 February 2020

Israel asks UK to include settlements in free trade deal

‘Israel has asked the UK to include illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and the Golan Heights in the free trade deal being discussed between the two sides, Israel Hayomreported on Thursday.

According to the Israeli newspaper, Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen had written to his British counterpart, Conor Burns, informing him: “Most of Israel’s free trade agreements, such as the agreement with the United States, apply to the State of Israel, which is wherever the law applies.”

The newspaper announced that the terms of the post-Brexit free trade deal were already laid down, noting that they are the same terms as the free trade deal with the EU.

The EU does not recognise the Israeli settlements in the occupied territories as part of Israel; therefore, the mutual free trade deal with Israel excludes the settlements.’

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