Israel Denies Blacklisting EU Countries

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israel has denied reports of its blacklisting of European Union members who agitated for the labeling of products from over the Green Line.

Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office dismissed reports of such sanctions as “nonsense,” The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.

The cancellation of a visit from the foreign minister of Belgium on Wednesday was interpreted in the local media as a refusal by Netanyahu to meet with him due to the labeling dispute. The PMO, however, explained it as a scheduling problem.

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry would not comment on the report about sanctions, saying that he would not discuss internal ministry deliberations.