Israel condemns EU plan to label West Bank settlement products

Published: Wednesday 11th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Israel has condemned the European Union’s decision to specially label products made in West Bank settlements.

The Israeli foreign ministry said the EU has taken an “exceptional and discriminatory step” for what the ministry called “political reasons”.

It says the step was inspired by an international boycott movement against Israel and noted that it comes at a time when Israel is confronting a “wave of terrorism”.

The ministry also said the step “raises questions” about EU’s role in the region and could have implications on Israel’s relations with Europe.

It adds the measure also will harden Palestinian positions and make it more difficult to resume peace talks.

The move came after months of procrastinating on the issue but underscores the EU’s unhappiness over Israel’s continued expansion of settlements on territory that Palestinians are seeking as theirs for a future state.

Published: Wednesday 11th November 2015 by The News Editor

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