Herzog: Labeling Israeli products rewards terror

Opposition leader rejects EU’s decision to label products from “Israeli settlements”, saying it does not promote peace.

Elad Benari ,

Yitzhak Herzog
Yitzhak Herzog
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Opposition leader MK Yitzhak Herzog on Tuesday evening spoke out against the EU’s decision to label products from “Israeli settlements”, saying it would do nothing accept reward terrorism.

"The EU’s decision is one that will give a prize for terrorism. It only encourages our enemies and those who hate us. It will lead to mass unemployment among the Palestinians, it will only worsen the bitterness, the tension and the volcano we are dealing with," he warned.

The EU has indicated that it intends to start labeling Jewish-made products from Judea and Samaria soon. Earlier Tuesday, senior EU officials stated to Arutz Sheva that there was "no room for negotiation" with Israel on the topic of labeling Jewish goods. 

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely opened Israel's battle against the labeling decision on Tuesday, calling the EU out for "discriminating" against the Jewish state.

Speaking at a press conference in the Barkan Industrial Region in Samaria, where Israelis and Palestinians work side-by-side, Hotovely stated that - despite EU officials' insistence - labeling Jewish-made products was a form of a boycott.

"Today the Foreign Minister is starting a battle against the idea of labeling," she said. "Labeling, it's very clear to say... it's a clear boycotting (of) the State of Israel."

Hotovely noted that targeting one specific region of Israel was essentially tantamount to "boycotting the State itself and creating delegitimization of the State."