Visiting Tel Aviv, Greek Finance Minister, Evangelos Venizelos, stated that his country “supports the Israeli position regarding settlement products”, and will help Tel Aviv in easing the decision of the European Union regarding boycotting those products.The EU recently decided to ban products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, as settlements are illegal under International Law.
The statements of Venizelos came during a meeting with Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister, Ze’ev Elkin.
He told Elkin that he discussed the issue with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, Catherine Ashton.
Israeli Wallah News Agency have reported that the Greek position holds a great significance, especially when taking into consideration that Greece will head the EU starting January of next year.
In related news, several former EU Ministers demanded the EU to insist in keeping the sanctions on Israeli settlement products.
The sanctions are on products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, occupied East Jerusalem and the occupied Golan Heights.