Despite hostile political relations, Israel’s direct exports to Arab countries continue to grow. The Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute reported that though exports rose sharply in the last year, that Israel’s trade potential with the Arab world is an estimated $1 billion.
In 2008, Israel’s exports to Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco were 45 percent higher in the first quarter compared with the same time in 2007, the Export Institute reported.
Exports to Jordan, Israel’s primary Arab trading partner, increased 85 percent increase in exports last year. The Export Institute reports that exports to Jordan totaled $102 million in the first quarter of 2008, 62 percent more than in the corresponding quarter, in the form of metals, jewelry, processed wood products, textiles, and plastics from 1,050 companies, the largest number of companies exporting to an Arab country.
Exports to Egypt increased by 10 percent to$140 million in 2007. Exports to Morocco totaled $3 million in the first quarter and exports to Tunisia totaled $1.8 million.