Brussels region economic mission to Israel to be cancelled following political pressure

The Brussels Region government appears set to cancel an economic mission to Israel scheduled for December following political pressure.

The mission, set for December 8 to 11 in Tel Aviv, which was also due to visit the Palestinian Territories, is jointly organized by Belgium’s Brussels and Walloon regions.

Belgian media reported that some ministers in the Brussels government proposed the outright cancellation of the mission while others felt that Belgian companies could instead find new opportunities in Israel.

The reports said that the government will propose next week to the competent minister Pascal Smet, who is currently on an economic mission to China, ‘to postpone the mission since the moment does not seem opportune.’

A similar mission was canceled in 2014 after the conflict in Gaza.

Israel’s ambassador to Belgium, Emmanuel Nahshon deplored what he termed “a bad anti-Israel political decision.”

”Such a cancellation will affect not only Belgian enterprises but also the Palestinians themselves,” he said. ”One prefers to affect the Palestinians and the Belgian enterprises as long as it hurts the State of Israel,” he said.

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