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December 2, 2015 8:26 pm

German Bundestag Leader Rejects EU Labelling Law

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German Bundestag President Norbert Lammert and Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein. Photo: Twitter.

German Bundestag President Norbert Lammert and Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein. Photo: Twitter.

JNS.org – The president of the German Bundestag Norbert Lammert called the European Union labelling law on products made over the pre-1967 lines “unwise,” saying that his country rejected the decision and understands Israel’s anger over it.

“Germany not only didn’t agree to the decision, it rejected it,” Lammert said in a joint press conference with his Israeli counterpart Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on Wednesday.

“We had a very interesting discussion on the product labeling decision that Germany opposed in the first place, but the EU still adopted,” Edelstein said.

Lammert said that he understood “Israel’s anger” over the fact that the EU did not label products from other disputed territories like Tibet, Crimea or the Western Sahara.

“Germany can imagine a better law, if it were to apply to everyone, on principle, to all occupied land,” he added. “Because it’s specifically against Israel, I repeat that it is unnecessary and not very smart.”

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