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Israel ‘strongly’ rejects the EU court ruling on labeling of settlement products which is ‘both political and discriminating against Israel’

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’There are over 200 ongoing territorial disputes across the world, yet the ECJ has not rendered a single ruling related to the labeling of products originating from these territories. Today’s ruling is both political and discriminating against Israel,’ says the Israeli foreign ministry.’

JERUSALEM—“The European Court of Justice’s ruling is unacceptable both morally and in principle, ‘’said Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz as he ‘’strongly’’ rejected the decision of the top EU court saying that that Israeli goods made in the settlements must be labeled as such.

‘’Israel strongly rejects the ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ)​, which serves as a tool in the political campaign against Israel. The ruling’s entire objective is to single out and apply a double standard against Israel,’’ the Israeli foreign ministry  said in a statement.

The statement stresses that ‘’there are over 200 ongoing territorial disputes across the world, yet the ECJ has not rendered a single ruling related to the labeling of products originating from these territories. Today’s ruling is both political and discriminating against Israel.’’

‘’This ruling only diminishes the chances of reaching peace and contradicts the positions of the European Union on the conflict. It plays into the hands of the Palestinian Authority, which continues to refuse to engage in direct negotiations with Israel, and emboldens radical anti-Israel groups that advance and call for boycotts against Israel and deny its right to exist,’’ the ministry said.

The Israel Foreign minister said he intends to work with European Foreign Ministers ‘’to prevent the implementation of this gravely flawed policy, which contradicts Europe’s position that a resolution to the conflict must be advanced through direct and unconditional negotiations, and not through legal rulings.”

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