Israel Chemicals (ICL) was given a special authorization Sunday to have one of its European subsidiaries sell water purification tablets to UNICEF with the knowledge that they will be used in the agency's relief mission in Syria.
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The deal will be carried out by ICL's Ireland-based subsidiary, Medentech. The company needed government approval for the deal since it involved the delivery of Israeli products to an enemy state.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz was therefore called on to authorize the deal, due to the innate political sensitivities.
He did so citing humanitarian grounds; as well as the fact that the product will not be sold directly to Syria, but rather to the UN agency.