Livni Warns of Escalating Boycott

YERUSHALAYIM -

Movement within the European Union toward a decision to require labeling of products from Yehudah and Shomron portends a wider boycott of Israeli goods in general, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni warned on Monday.

Livni said it could be disastrous if efforts to combat the EU labeling policy fails, she told an accountant’s conference in Eilat on Monday, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“If we do not take action regarding the European boycott of goods coming from [Yehudah and Shomron], the boycott will eventually extend to all of Israel,” Livni said.

Livni argued that some European countries view Israel as a colonizing nation, and this has affected economic relations with those countries.

Speaking on the issue of natural gas exports, Livni praised demonstrations by young Israelis against them, saying they are expressing their concern for the country’s economic future.