Israel to Bar Palestinians From Exporting Produce via Jordan, as Trade Dispute Escalates

Israel will ban the export of Palestinian produce via Jordan, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Kamil told Haaretz on Saturday.

The ban will come into effect on Sunday, marking further escalation in the trade dispute between Israel and the Palestinians that began in October.

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In 2019, the Palestinian authority exported produce worth 502 million shekels.

"Yesterday, the director of Israeli crossings informed all exporters and all relevant parties that all Palestinian agriculture products, including fruits, vegetables, dates, and olive oil, would be banned from export to world markets through the Jordanian crossing starting Sunday," Palestinian Agriculture Minister Riad Attari told Saturday Voice of Palestine Radio.

Israeli and Jordanian officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"We are at a critical political moment and we completely understand the negative impact that will result from these measures, but I say with all confidence that that negative impact will also affect the Israeli economy," al-Attari said.

"We have several options and measures with which we can respond to each Israeli decision that aims to harm our national economy," he added.