President of the German Bundestag, Norbert Lammert. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Norbert Lammert

The president of the German Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, called the European Union labeling law on products made beyond the 1949 armistice lines “unwise,” saying that his country rejects the decision and understands Israel’s anger over it.

“Germany not only didn’t agree to the decision, it rejected it,” Lammert said in a joint press conference with his Israeli counterpart, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, on Wednesday.

“We had a very interesting discussion on the product labeling decision that Germany opposed in the first place, but the EU still adopted,” Edelstein said.

Lammert said he understood “Israel’s anger” over the fact that the EU did not label products from other disputed territories like Tibet, Crimea, or the Western Sahara.

“Germany can imagine a better law, if it were to apply to everyone, on principle, to all occupied land,” he added. “Because it’s specifically against Israel, I repeat that it is unnecessary and not very smart.”