Belgian foreign minister postpones trip to Israel over EU product labeling

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders postponed his trip to Israel this week because Belgium had a central role in pushing the European Union to adopt the new labeling guidelines for Israeli products made in Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights, Israel’s Channel 10 reported on Tuesday.

“Following the decision by the Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Netanyahu to suspend contacts with the European Union on the Middle East peace process, and considering the impact of this decision on the program of the visit of Didier Reynders, the latter confirmed this Tuesday morning to the Ambassador of Israel in Belgium his decision to postpone his visit to a later date,” the Belgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

“Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Netanyahu didn’t cancel the meeting because it wasn’t set due to scheduling problems,” Netanyahu’s office said.

According to Channel 10, officials in Jerusalem believe the meeting was canceled in response to Reynders’s support to remove the “Made in Israel” label for settlement products, as he was one of the 16 foreign ministers who sent a official letter in April requesting the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, to pass the guidelines.

Posted on December 2, 2015 .