Netanyahu to discuss EU labeling move with Kerry

Prime Minister to meet Secretary of State, ask him to act against decision to mark Judea & Samaria products.

Nitsan Keidar ,

Netanyahu and Kerry (archive)
Netanyahu and Kerry (archive)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet Wednesday with US Secretary of State John Kerry, for a follow-up meeting after Netanyahu's session with President Barack Obama, which Netanyahu described as "very good."

One of the main topics Netanyahu intends to raise is the European Union announcement about marking Jewish-made products produced in Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights.

Netanyahu will ask that the Obama Administration officially denounce the EU announcement and take active measures against its implementation, including intervention on the international arena.

Kerry will try, together with Netanyahu, to find a "common denominator" that will make it possible to renew talks with the Palestinians, possibly starting at a low level. This was the original purpose set aside for the meeting. He will tell Netanyahu that action in this direction will make it possible for the Americans to fight against boycotts – mostly in Europe – and to say that Israel is doing everything possible as far as diplomatic talks are concerned. 

Netanyahu held a meeting Tuesday with numerous senior senators from both sides of the aisle Tuesday night at the Senate building in Washington, DC. Among those present were Republican senators Mitch McConnell, Tom Cotton and Bob Corker, and Democrats Harry Reid, Dianne Feinstein, Richard Blumenthal and Michael Bennet.

He asked them to join forces in fighting the EU's initiative as well as the anti-Israel "BDS" boycott campaign in the US and the rest of the world.

The senators mentioned the letter that 36 senators sent earlier in the week to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as well as their recent legislative initiatives against BDS.

The senators expressed their understanding regarding Israel's increased security needs and repeated that Israel needs to maintain its military edge in the region.