Israel steps up efforts to persuade EU to drop settlement product labels

Israeli diplomats held a series of discussions with European officials on Friday during which they expressed "vociferous objections" to Brussels' plan to label products manufactured in West Bank settlements.
According to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry, Israel's envoy to the EU, David Walzer, and the head of the Foreign Ministry's diplomatic office, Alon Ushpiz, met with senior European Commission representatives as well as ambassadors to various European countries in an effort to persuade them to drop the label initiative.
"These meetings, which were held as the date on which the labeling of products is approaching, are part of Israel's comprehensive diplomatic activity whose goal is to explain why the European initiative is negative and discriminatory while trying to bring about its cancellation."
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