Months of tension between the European Union and Israel over the former’s policy of labeling products from Yehudah and Shomron led to diplomatic sanctions on Sunday.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu instructed the Foreign Ministry to suspend contacts with EU institutions pending a reassessment of the matter.
However, the Prime Minister’s Office underlined in a statement that Israel maintains diplomatic ties with individual European countries such as Germany, the UK and France.
In response to Netanyahu’s move, EU Ambassador in Israel Lars Faaborg Andersen expressed “surprise” over the prime minister’s decision, although Israeli officials had warned of such an outcome last week.
“We found out about it from the media and we are trying to clarify what it means,” he said. Israel did not specify which institutions will be affected.