STANDING WITH THE JEWISH STATE: Greece to defy EU directive on Israeli settlement product labeling
Just days after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited Israel, Greece decided that it will not label goods made in the West Bank, The Times of Israel reported on Monday.
According to the report, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was informed of the decision by a letter from Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias.
Tzipras was elected prime minister in January 2015, and on his first visit to the region, Tzipras met with the Israeli leadership and praised the importance of the relations between Israel and Greece.
While in Jerusalem for a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Tsipras took an opportunity to sign the President’s guestbook, writing, ” With great honor to be in your historic capital and to meet your excellencies.”
Because of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and dispute over Jerusalem, many countries refuse to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, much to Israel’s displeasure.
A former Israeli diplomatic official said that Tzipras’ reference to Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was “unprecedented, especially for a European leader.”
“Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras signed President RIvlin’s guest book”
Hungary has also said it will defy the guidelines, branding the decision “irrational.”
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, who also serves as his country’s trade minister, said in early November that Hungary does “not support that decision. It is an inefficient instrument. It is irrational
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