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Romania-Israel Talks Scuttled over Judea, Samaria

Bucharest insisted construction workers from Romania not work beyond 'Green Line'. Israel refused.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 12/10/2013, 11:14 AM

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Talks between the governments of Romania and Israel were scuttled when Israel refused to accept Bucharest's demand that construction workers from Romania not be employed beyond the "Green Line," reported IDF Radio Tuesday.

According to the military radio station, the Foreign Ministry has been working for several months vis-à-vis Romania, to sign an agreement that would make it possible to bring in Romanian construction workers to Israel.

However, in the course of the negotiations, Romania demanded an Israeli commitment that the workers brought to Israel would not be employed in Judea and Samaria. Israel refused to accept this condition and the talks were stopped.

The British government released new guidelines last week warning its citizens not to engage in business activities with Jewish businesses in Judea and Samaria and even with individuals, according to updates on the United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) website.