Angered that EU labels Squatter W. Bank Products, Israel suspends EU from “Peace Process”

Ma’an News Agency | – –

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel said Sunday that it would suspend diplomatic contacts with European Union bodies involved in the Palestinian peace process, following an EU decision earlier this month to label goods produced in Israel’s illegal settlements.

The Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the suspension of contacts while the ministry “reassesses” the involvement of EU bodies in the peace process.

“Until completion of the reassessment, the prime minister has ordered a suspension of diplomatic contacts with EU bodies and their representatives in this matter,” the statement said.

It noted that diplomatic relations with individual countries in the European Union — specifically naming Germany, Britain and France — would be unaffected by the decision.

It was not initially clear which EU bodies the decision would affect, although a ministry official told Reuters that Israel would cease assisting EU sponsored projects intended for the Palestinians.

The statement specified that the decision was due to the EU adopting measures to label goods produced in Israel’s settlements.

The EU announced the measures on Nov. 11, saying that they accorded with pre-existing EU legislation. The measures ensured that settlement goods could no longer be labeled: “Made in Israel.”

“Since the Golan Heights and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are not part of the Israeli territory according to international law, the indication ‘product from Israel’ is considered to be incorrect and misleading in the sense of the referenced legislation,” the EU said at the time.

The EU added that “the indication of origin will give consumers the possibility to make an informed choice,” although it stressed that the regulations were not aimed at a boycott of Israeli exports from the settlements.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry immediately summoned the EU Ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, to be reprimanded following the move, calling it a “exceptional and discriminatory step inspired by the boycott movement.”

Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land — which house nearly 600,000 Israelis — have long been considered one of the major obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and Palestine.

Via Ma’an News Agency


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10 Responses

  1. It’s great to see a little daylight between the U.S. and its European allies. Hopefully this trend will continue!
    I am a little alarmed at Israel opening an embassy in the UAE. That’s a step in the wrong direction in isolating Israel.

  2. Once again, Israel is cutting off its nose to spite its face . . .

    Nothing Israel produces is unique and Europe can easily buy anything Israel might produce from other sources, often for less money. Europe can easily function very well without trade with Israel.

    On the other hand, Israel will suffer economic harm without trade with Europe. There are no “magic” markets just begging for goods and services from Israel.

    Sure, Israeli apologists will claim that Intel and many other products can’t exist without Israel , but everything they say is provably FALSE.

    As for Israel shifting toward Asian markets, there are NO ASIAN MARKETS for Israeli products. Asia is a competitor for virtually everything made in Israel and if Israel gets too nasty, Asians will simply copy Israeli’s intellectual property and undercut Israel in the global marketplace. Asians tend to want to buy from Asians, not Israelis (or Europeans or Americans).

    Israel just keeps shooting itself in the foot in a desperate attempt to avoid reality.

    • Problem: Israel specializes in the creepy weapons of the modern police/surveillance state. It got a lot of good Soviet engineers a few years back. It penetrated the US military-industrial complex even before 9/11. Governments of all ideologies are hungry for that Orwellware and I’m not sure they can embargo both Israel and the US.

      • Actually, it is easy to get just as good “Orwellware” for lower prices from a wide variety of non-Israeli sources.

        I am a technologist that is very familiar with the “war toys” and “Orwellware” stuff that is available these days and know very well there is lots of stuff available from other sources.

        Israel has several problems:

        – Cheap (under US$ 35) 32-bit multi-core systems are readily available all over the world (Raspberry Pi anyone?)

        – High performance Linux is free.

        – GPS clones with the USA height and speed restrictions removed are readily available for low cost.

        – High quality video analysis software is readily available from the Open Source community, which can innovate far faster than any company or country can.

        In fact virtually all the hardware and software components to clone anything Israel makes are freely available over the entire world.

        Even if some Israeli somehow comes up with something totally unique, as soon as they sell one product, it will be ripped apart and cloned because it is really, really easy to deconstruct any electronic devise ( I of curse, have never done that because I respect other people’s intellectual property rights – yes I do).

        So as I said, Israel makes NOTHING that can’t be sourced from someplace else for lower cost.

        BTW – I really like the term “Orwellware” (TM) – can I use it with your permission in future discussions?

      • That stuff is worthless.

        China’s government has pretty much figured out that all those creepy weapons are worthless. And they have the absolute best computer spies in the world now.

        I’m not sure any of the other Great Powers have figured it out.

  3. I wish that the U.S. had a similar requirement, and that Israel would also suspend the U.S. from involvement in the so-called peace process, which is actually just continued oppression of Palestinians. We don’t make things better, we just defend and enable more theft and oppression.

  4. What peace process? Israel takes more Palestinian land and you call it a “Peace Process” I call it a crime against humanity!

  5. ‘Suspended from the peace process’ HAHAHA as if war criminl Netanyahu has ever had any intention of coming to a political settlement with Palestinians … he wants them gone and when the next US president unleashes war on Iran paving the way for Israel to launch its war of territorial expansion on some false flag pretext the first thing to happen will be Palestinians driven out as the majority were in 1948.

    What US EU politicians don’t realise or are bribed to keep their mouths shut is that likud is more fanatical than genghis khan and if their empire ever does materialise we will literally become what former Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef famously stated “goyim are born to serve the people of Israel”.

  6. The settlers are deceptive, labeling products Made in Israel gives them the same trade advantages Israel has with the EU as if they were actual members of the EU. Palestinian products don’t get that.
    The Palestinian Peace Process, is there such a thing?

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