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Europe threatens to put pressure on settlements with product labeling

EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen warns that Europe will show zero tolerance for settlement activity, increasing political pressure on member countries for labeling products from the settlements.
A representative from the Gush Etzion winery in the West Bank holds a bottle of red wine during the annual wine-tasting Festival at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem August 5, 2009. Israeli wine has long stirred up associations with the syrupy libations of religious rituals, but modern techniques imported from top winemaking nations are now helping it find space on shelves from Paris to New York. Picture taken August 5, 2009. To match feature ISRAEL/WINE       REUTERS/Baz Ratner (JERUSALEM FOOD SOCIETY) - RTR2
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It's symbolic that the official credential presentation ceremony of EU Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen to Israeli President Shimon Peres, which had been scheduled for Dec. 16, was delayed because of the snowstorm. The head of the EU delegation had landed in Israel in the early autumn, to a cloudy climate between Brussels and Jerusalem.

The rift between the EU and Israel over the settlement policy has further deepened on the backdrop of the sharp criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the role that the EU mission and the three European countries played in the negotiations with Iran in Geneva.

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