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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Israel fears boycott law in Tunisia

Wednesday, 30 November 2011 14:05

 Sources in Israel have expressed deep concern about the possibility of Tunisia adopting what is being called the "Opposition to Zionism and Boycott of Israel" law. According to the Hebrew language media, the political community in Tel Aviv is taking this seriously as the proposed law is being supported by the two largest political parties in the country, Al-Nahda and Democratic Rally.

In one newspaper, a senior Israeli official is quoted saying, "The adoption of a boycott law in a moderate country such as Tunisia, which is not involved in any conflict with Israel, will also hurt the security of Tunisian Jews." The Israeli Foreign Ministry warned of the spread of what it called an "infection of hostility towards Israel" in the Middle East, and said that such a law "would put the stability of the entire region at risk".

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson pointed out that it is about to issue a number of recommendations to put pressure on Tunisia in an attempt to block the proposed boycott law. "If the law is approved, it would have negative implications for Israel's relations with other countries in the Middle East," claims the Ministry.

Such recommendations include asking Western countries to use their influence on Tunisia through the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Organisation of the Mediterranean.

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