The United States will label exports from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as coming directly from Israel, said Mike Pompeo, who made Thursday the first visit by a secretary of state to one of the settlements.
“All producers in areas where Israel exercises its authority […] will have to write on their products Israel, Produced in Israel or Made in israel when they export to the United States, ”said Mike Pompeo in a statement, after his visit to the Psagot vineyard located in a colony.
60% of the territory concerned
The Israeli-Palestinian Oslo accords in the 1990s had divided the West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied by Israel, into three zones: A, B and C. It is the latter which is concerned by the American announcements.
Zones A and B make up 40% of the territory and are placed mainly under Palestinian control. Zone C (60%) is under Israeli military and civilian control but with the idea of a planned transfer, and to be defined, to the Palestinians during a final peace agreement, according to these same agreements.
For Israel, “Zone C” – the site of most of the agricultural Jordan Valley and all the settlements – cannot be considered as “Palestinian” but “disputed” territory because no agreement has yet been reached for it. seal a final peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
Products from Palestinian farmers too?
The new American approach “recognizes that producers in Zone C operate under Israel’s administrative and legal framework and that their products should be considered as such,” said Mike Pompeo. This change thus seems to imply that the products of, for example, Palestinian farmers living in “Zone C” will fall under the label “Israel”.
The foreign minister, who is making a farewell tour of the Hebrew state from Wednesday to Friday, also indicated that products from areas A and B will have to be labeled “West Bank”. And those in the Gaza Strip as being from “Gaza”.
“Gaza and the West Bank are politically and administratively (separate territories) and should be considered as such,” added Mike Pompeo, referring to the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas, which sits in the West Bank, and the Islamist movement Hamas, in power in Gaza, a Palestinian enclave under Israeli blockade.
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