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Common Market Members Differ on Relationship to Be Offered Israel

Differences have arisen among the six member nations of the European Economic Community as to the means and degree of Israel’s association with the Common Market, which was recommended by its Executive Commission last June. A working party composed of representatives of the member states has just completed a study of the Executive Commission’s recommendations which will be discussed by the permanent representatives and probably submitted to the Council.

According to the working party’s report. The Netherlands and West Germany supported a preferential arrangement along the lines of a customs union with Israel, while France and Italy advocated that traditional trade agreements, such as were signed between Israel and the EEC in 1964, would suffice to assure an expansion of trade. Belgium and Luxembourg have not yet announced their positions.