Israel Cancels Meetings With EU Over Decision to Label Settlement Goods

Senior Foreign Ministry officials tell EU's ambassador to Israel that cancellations include some strategic dialogues and meetings on human rights and international organizations.

ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
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
ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid

Israel informed the European Union on Wednesday that it had canceled a number of consultations scheduled over the coming weeks between the two sides, officials in Jerusalem said.

Senior officials in the Foreign Ministry told EU ambassador in Israel Lars Faarborg-Andersen, who was summoned to the ministry to be reprimanded, that the decision was Israel's response to the EU's decision Wednesday to adopt guidelines on labeling products made in West Bank settlements, the officials said. The Israeli ambassador to the EU conveyed a similar message to senior EU officials at a meeting in EU headquarters in Brussels.

Senior Foreign Ministry officials Alon Ushpiz and Aviv Shir-On, who met the EU ambassador Wednesday, protested the EU's decision to start labeling products from the settlements and said it was an example for the EU's double standard in dealing with Israel.

The officials told Faarborg-Andersen that Israel would suspend some of the strategic dialogues it was conducting with the organization and would cancel a meeting on human rights and a meeting on international organizations that were slated to take place in the next few weeks.

Foreign Ministry officials also said that at this stage no further date would be set for another meeting with the EU dealing mainly with advancing Projects in C area of the West Bank. The first and only meeting on this issue took place in September and no further meeting had been scheduled.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

SUBSCRIBE
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

בנימין נתניהו השקת ספר

Netanyahu’s Israel Is About to Slam the Door on the Diaspora

עדי שטרן

Head of Israel’s Top Art Academy Leads a Quiet Revolution

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

Skyscrapers in Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv.

Israel May Have Caught the Worst American Disease, New Research Shows

ג'אמיל דקוור

Why the Head of ACLU’s Human Rights Program Has Regrets About Emigrating From Israel

ISRAEL-VOTE

Netanyahu’s Election Win Dealt a Grievous Blow to Judaism