Israel suspends EU role in peace process with Palestinians

Israel has said it is suspending contact with EU officials involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians.

The move follows the bloc’s decision to label goods from Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “ordered suspension of diplomatic contacts with the institutions of the European Union on this issue”, a foreign ministry statement said.

The EU says the settlements are illegal, but Israel disputes this.

Mr Netanyahu, who is also the foreign minister, told the ministry to carry out “a reassessment of the involvement of EU bodies in everything that is connected to the diplomatic process with the Palestinians”, the statement said.

Just over two weeks ago the European Commission issued new guidelines….CONTINUE TO BBC

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