An EU decision to label goods from Jewish settlements is unlikely to damage Israel’s economy, but officials fear that what they call the “anti-Semitic” move will encourage a boycott campaign against their country.
The EU decision is “dramatically adverse to the idea of moving towards peace with our neighbours”, opposition leader Isaac Herzog said in New York.
Another opposition legislator, Tzipi Livni, said Israel could thwart the Europeans’ move if it showed it was serious about pursuing peace. “We need the right policies. We don’t need public diplomacy and we definitely shouldn’t yell at them that they are anti-Semitic,” the former foreign minister said on her Facebook page.
EU officials described their decision as technical, saying it merely clarified existing policy.