German government officials have warned about the consequences of possible EU approval of labeling products from the settlements which “will lead to the strengthening of anti-Israel campaigns.” Earlier today (Wednesday), the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned the European Union’s Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen in order to be reprimanded.
Today (Wednesday), Germany decided to stand by Israel and reject the European Union’s decision to label products that come from Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the Golan Heights region and East Jerusalem.
A senior level German official said today that “the decision to label products from the West Bank is not a step which advances consumers’ rights. It will lead to the creation of a stigma against Israel.” He warned that “there is a movement that is hostile to Israel and wants to boycott settlement products. We see the EU decision as a mistake.”
Israel rejected the European Union’s decision vehemently. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely announced that Israel was henceforth suspending any political dialogue with the European Union in response to the decision.
European Union’s ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen said today that “this decision has nothing to do with the peace process. This is a very technical issue that pertains to consumer legislation. The sole purpose of this is to ensure that we are respecting and complying with our own consumer legislation in the European Union, when we are importing products from Israel and the settlements beyond the green line”, he said .