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Netanyahu halts EU peace-process role over labelling

Bibi Netanyahu
Israel has suspended the European Union’s diplomattic role in the Middle East peace process over a decision last week to label products coming from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied territories.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as the foreign minister, “instructed the foreign ministry to re-evaluate the role of EU institutions in the political process with the Palestinians”, Emmanuel Nahshon, foreign ministry spokesman, said on Sunday.

Until that re-evaluation is completed, all contacts with these EU organisations have been suspended, he said.

The EU has a special representative to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Israel will maintain coordination with individual European states – like Germany, UK and France.

The EU said on November 11 that cosmetic, agricultural, wine, honey, eggs, olive oil and poultry made in the settlements must be labelled as such, rather than just Made in Israel. Labelling for other products will be voluntary.

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