Israel’s Foreign Ministry has condemned a decision by the government of Norway to label food products from Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria, saying it could have a negative effect on relations between the two countries.

“The decision will not contribute to the promotion of [good] relations between Israel and the Palestinians,” and would also negatively affect Norway’s ability to influence Israeli-Palestinian relations, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Israel had attempted to prevent the Norwegian decision, but those efforts proved unsuccessful, Ynet reported on Saturday. The report cited Israeli diplomatic sources as saying that the Norwegian decision is politically-motivated, and that other countries are not expected to follow Oslo’s path.

Norway said its decision was in line with a 2019 decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union, although the country is not a member of the European Union and the court’s decision is not binding.


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