Lapid: Call for Labeling of West Bank Goods a 'Stain on the EU'

Ex-finance minister says there is no difference between goods produced inside or outside the Green Line. Lieberman sarcastically suggests EU put yellow stars on settlement products.

Jonathan Lis
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EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, left, attends a media conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2014.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, left, attends a media conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2014.Credit: Reuters
Jonathan Lis
JTA

There is no difference between products produced across the Green Line and those produced in Israel proper, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid said on Thursday evening in a telephone conversation with the European Union's foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini.

Lapid, a former finance minister, called Mogherini to protest at a letter from 16 EU foreign ministers demanding the clear labeling of goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The demand of the foreign ministers was "effectively a call for the de facto boycott of Israel," Lapid told Mogherini. He added that it was an "irresponsible" move that could potentially "bring disaster to the Israeli economy."

Lapid went on to describe the letter as a "stain on the EU" and said that Israel would do everything possible to prevent the implementation of "this dangerous process."

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman sarcastically suggested stamping settlement goods with yellow stars.

Lieberman made the remarks in an interview with Israel Radio about the EU foreign ministers' letters.

“I have a suggestion for them on labeling,” Lieberman said in the interview, conducted one day after Israel’s national Holocaust Remembrance Day. “They can label all products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights with a yellow star.

"I think that is extremely fitting to the cynical and hypocritical position expressed in this letter.”

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