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Israel suspends meetings with EU over West Bank settlement labelling

Israel will suspend a series of ongoing meetings with the European Union to protest against the EU's decision to begin labelling exports from West Bank settlements.

Deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely said that Israel was sending a "very strong message" of displeasure.

She said: "We say you can't be involved in what is going on in the Middle East while you are taking such an extreme step of labelling products... boycotting us."

A foreign ministry spokesman said Israel would suspend a series of regular dialogues on political issues in the Middle East, human rights and international organisations.

He said the suspension would likely be temporary.

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