Israeli Cabinet to Weigh Tit-for-tat Response to EU Labeling

Government ministers to vote Sunday on whether to support a bill that would mandate labeling products from countries that label products from Israeli settlements.

A file picture taken on July 12, 2011 showing a man looking at AHAVA Dead Sea cosmetic products manufactured in the Israeli Kibbutz settlement of Mitzpe Shalem in the Dead Sea resort of Kalya.
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Israeli government ministers will decide on Sunday whether to support a bill calling for the labeling of products imported from countries that decided to label products from Israeli settlements.

MK Shuli Moalem-Reafeli (Habayit Hayehudi), who co-sponsored the bill, said that through labeling "we will provide the Israeli consumer the opportunity to choose whether he is interested in buying a product from this country." She added, "This step can deter countries from changing the labeling of products from Israel."

Moalem submitted the bill in November together with fellow Habayit Hayehudi MK Yinon Magal, who has since resigned from the Knesset.

"The State of Israel is liable to face a wave of boycotts by European countries due to pro-Palestinian pressure," according to the bill. "The State of Israel has to stand strong and defend itself to prevent such a situation. This bill does not pretend to be the only solution, but it is an attempt to set a tough policy regarding those who try to harm Israel's status and power."

The European Union Commission in Brussels approved in November a decision to label imported Israeli products that are produced in the territories.