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Israel slams Belgium for labeling settlement products, cancels diplomatic meetings

Bottles of wine are set to be shipped at Psagot winery in the Israeli settlement of Psagot adjacent to the Palestinian West Bank city of Ramallah on November 19, 2019. - Berg recently lost a battle against Europe over labelling his wine, so when the United States announced it no longer considered the Israeli settlement he lives illegal he popped open a bottle. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)
Bottles of wine are set to be shipped at Psagot winery in the Israeli settlement of Psagot adjacent to the Palestinian West Bank city of Ramallah on November 19, 2019. - Berg recently lost a battle against Europe over labelling his wine, so when the United States announced it no longer considered the Israeli settlement he lives illegal he popped open a bottle. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)

Israel condemns Belgium’s decision to start labeling products made in West Bank settlements.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry calls the decision “anti-Israeli” and says it “harms Israelis and Palestinians alike.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll, who is visiting Belgium, cancels his meetings in the Belgian Foreign Ministry and with Belgian parliamentarians in retaliation.

“The decision by the Belgian government strengthens the radicals, does not advance peace in the region, and makes Belgium a source that does not contribute to the stability of the Middle East,” says Roll.

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