Hungary refuses to label Judea and Samaria products, defying EU

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Hungary declared that it will not label Israeli products made in Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights, and eastern Jerusalem, defying the European Union’s new guidelines.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told the Israel Council on Foreign Relations during his one-day trip to Israel on Monday that the EU’s decision to place labels on Israeli settlement products is “irrational” and will only exacerbate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“We have to tell things as they are, especially in a time of crisis, otherwise we can’t come up with a solution…political correctness prevents the addressing of situations as they should be,” Szijjártó said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Szijjártó for his support of Israel during a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Szijjártó also discussed the need to address the challenges Europe faces with mass immigration, particularly in light of last Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.

“The ability to protect our borders is our number one priority…We must make serious decisions to protect our people, because we are currently defenseless. We must get back the ability to control our borders. We should not be speaking about how to manage migration, but how to help these people to stay at home,” Szijjártó said.

Posted on November 16, 2015 .