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Israel fears increasing boycott of settlement produce

February 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm

An Israeli media reported on Monday that the country’s foreign ministry has expressed concerns over the broadening of the Norwegian initiative to boycott Israeli settlement produce. The Norwegian Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Store, said last month that his country, which is not a part of the EU, is considering taking action against trade in settlement goods.

During a visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah last month, the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported Store as saying, “The international community must consider how to relate to the import of goods that are produced in settlements, which we regard as illegal under international law”.

An official in the Israeli foreign ministry confirmed that Tel-Aviv is seriously worried about the broadening of the Norwegian initiative, which distinguishes between products of Israeli settlements, to include other EU markets.

“As the UK, France and other countries announced their support for it, the Norwegian Initiative is being brought to discussion by the EU Commission,” Haaretz quoted an Israeli official saying on Wednesday.