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Cablegate: Israel On Pa On Bid for Wto Observer Status

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UNCLAS GENEVA 000967

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED

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DEPT PASS USTR
TEL AVIV FOR AMB, DCM, AND ECON
USTR FOR CKLEIN, AVENKATARAMAN,SFRANCESKI, MMOWREY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD WTRO ECON PREL KWBG IS
SUBJECT: ISRAEL ON PA ON BID FOR WTO OBSERVER STATUS

Reftels: (a) Jerusalem 1607 (B) Secstate 99831 (c) Geneva00783
(d) Tel Aviv 02166 (e) Geneva 00839

1.(SBU) Charge was just approached by the Israelis. The Senior
Israeli trade person at their Mission pulled him aside at a meeting
to advise us that they have told GC Chair Matus that they can go
along with PA observer status at the Ministerial Conference.
However, immediately after that conversation Charge received a call
from the Israeli Ambassador saying that folks in the Foreign
Ministry had gotten a bit nervous within the last few minutes and
decided they need to run the decision by the Foreign Minister. The
Ambassador is advising his authorities to "do the right thing" and
he hopes to have an answer this evening.

2. (SBU) Matus advised the Israeli's of the nomenclature issue.
They have not had an immediate allergic reaction but are checking to
see if it raises any concerns. They do want to make sure that Matus
uses the same words in introducing this issue at the General Council
that were used when this issue was raised in the General Council in
connection with the last MC. The Israeli Ambassador also mentioned
to Charge that he may seek our help in asking Matus to say that this
decision would be without prejudice to other issues. Charge
cautioned the Ambassador that such a statement might actually
encourage others to bring up the other issue he has in mind.

3. (SBU) The PA's request for observership has just been received
and forwarded to USTR/DC. It seeks observership for this meeting of
the MC only. The Israeli's are indifferent to whether the term "ad
hoc" is used as it was not used the last time. However, the PA is
insisting that their name appear in the list of MC observers in the
same place as "regular" observers. That raises delicate issues for
Israel since the two categories in that list are "observer
governments" and "observer IGOs". However, that list is issues
after the MC so the Israeli's tell us they are not insisting that
battle has to be fought by tomorrow.

SHARK

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