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Israel Fears European Common Market May Severely Hit Country

David Hacohen, chairman of the Israeli Parliamentary delegation now visiting France, hinted today that Israel might have to make special provisions to meet the impact of the European Common Market. He spoke at a luncheon tendered to the delegation by the French Minister of State and touched on the possibility that Israel’s economy and exports might be severely hit in the long run by the common market.

The Israeli official appealed to friendly countries to keep in mind the needs of small nations outside the six-nation community in their plans for expansion of the common European market. The six-man delegation visiting France at the invitation of the French National Assembly has no plans for political or economic negotiations. The Israel Parliamentary members, however, have taken the opportunity to mention some of the economic problems Israel is facing.

It was recalled that Israel repeatedly has expressed its wish to be associated in some form with the ECM. Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, raised the issue with the French Foreign Minister, Maurice Couve de Murville, when she visited Paris last summer.

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