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June 8, 2015 7:11 am

China Says Citizens Can’t Work in West Bank Settlements

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Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Weibo company, in Beijing, China. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO.

Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Weibo company, in Beijing, China. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO.

Haaretz – Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon’s plan to bring Chinese construction workers to Israel to accelerate home building has hit a diplomatic snag as Beijing conditions signing a bilateral labor accord on its nationals not working in West Bank settlements.

China’s condition, which it says is due to safety concerns rather than politics, has snagged implementation of a year-old cabinet resolution authorizing an increase in the number of foreign construction workers initially to 8,000 and later to 15,000. The extra workers are part of a range of government efforts to build more homes and bring down prices, but without an accord with China, the 8,000 target hasn’t been reached.

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  • Elisheva Barre

    Foreign workers should not be able to work in ANY place in Israel. We do not need this invasion, and we can do our own work “made in Israel”.

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