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A diplomatic brouhaha erupts over 'Made in Israel' labels

A diplomatic brouhaha erupts over 'Made in Israel' labels

Two weeks after the European Union approved guidelines for labeling goods from Israeli settlements, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Foreign Ministry to suspend diplomatic contacts with EU institutions on matters related to the peace process with the Palestinians.

According to a statement from the ministry Sunday, Netanyahu ordered a reassessment of EU institutions’ involvement in the diplomatic process and a halt of all related contacts until it is completed.

The ministry stressed that Israel will continue to have diplomatic contacts with individual countries such as Germany, Britain and France, and that the ban applies only to the European Union...