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        11/11/2012, Cheshvan 26, 5773

      Ireland to Use EU Presidency to Advance 'Settlement' Ban


      Ireland is planning to utilize its upcoming six-month term as President of the Council of the European Union, which begins on January 1 2013, to advance efforts to achieve a joint decision between all 27 member states to ban products made in Judea and Samaria. The Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, wrote a letter dated November 2 to the chairman of the Irish parliament's Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, which called for a “stronger response” to Israel’s “relentless expansion” and a ban that would be “consistent with EU values."