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Israel Suspends Talks With EU to Protest West Bank Label Plan

  • EU proposes labeling Israeli imports produced in settlements
  • Netanyahu denounces move as `hypocritical' double standard
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Israel will suspend talks with the European Union after the bloc recommended member states label the origin of goods imported from West Bank settlements, a move that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned as “hypocritical.”

Foreign ministry officials told EU ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Anderson in a meeting on Wednesday that Israel was placing on hold “diplomatic dialogue” in various forums set to take place in coming weeks, according to a text message from the ministry.