S Korea stipulates exception of settlement goods in trade deal with Israel

Jul 17,2019

Israel had previously refused to accept the exclusion of settlement goods from the free trade deal with South Korea.

South Korea-Israel Free Trade agreement would exclude goods produced in occupied territories of Jerusalem, West Bank and Golan Heights, Israel media has revealed.

Israeli TV Channel 13 said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would visit Seoul at the end of this month to sign the deal. He would also visit Japan on the same trip, the TV said.

The channel quoted Israeli officials as saying that the agreement includes an item excluding the products of settlements in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Golan Heights from benefiting from the facilities contained therein.

According to the TV, Israel had previously refused to accept the exclusion of settlement goods from the free trade deal with South Korea, delayed process.

Israel would add a letter of reservation to the deal, the TV said, as it did in similar agreements with the European Union, in which it states, “For Israel, the item is irrelevant to the future situation of the settlements.”

Most of the world’s countries consider the Palestinian lands seized by Israel in the 1967 war as occupied territories, including the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights.