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EU shuts down pro-Israel congressional hawks

The EU’s top diplomat dismisses congressional attacks against its settlement labeling policy.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich - RTS655Y

The European Union’s top diplomat has made it clear to Congress that the EU has no intention of reversing its policy of labeling Israeli settlement goods.

Congressional accusations that the EU policy is akin to a boycott of Israel are “not only misleading, but also unjustified,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini wrote to House and Senate lawmakers in identical letters obtained by Al-Monitor. The letters, dated Dec. 23, stress that “there is no EU boycott of any product” and that trade between the EU and Israel has doubled over the past two decades.

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