A recent medical equipment trade fair in Tel Aviv drew prospective buyers from Syria, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, as well as other countries that do not have diplomatic ties with Israel.
Four Syrians, two Saudis and at least one Yemenite reportedly attended the Medex 95 exhibit last week.
Since Israel signed accords with the Palestine Liberation Organization and Jordan, its ties with other entities in the Arab world have been quietly growing.
Some of the contact with the Syrians and Saudis was made through Israeli businessmen and others, media here reported.
These participants came via a third country that has diplomatic relations with Israel, apparently Egypt or Jordan.
The fair drew 500 people from 32 countries, including 60 buyers from the self- rule areas of the Gaza Strip and Jericho as well as other parts of the West Bank.