JERUSALEM (Jul. 12)
Israel has decided to apply for associate membership in the European Common Market it was revealed here today. Chaim Yahil, director-general of the Israel Foreign Ministry, who has been in Western Europe discussing Israel’s longstanding desire to join the ECM, has been authorized to file Israel’s application after negotiations are completed by Turkey to join the ECM.
Associate membership, of the type just voted by the ECM to Greece, is different than full membership, but would still associate Israel with the European Common Market. The six nations with full membership in the ECM are France, Italy, West Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.