Ignoring a formal Israeli protest, the EU on Tuesday publicized a list of Israeli settlements beyond the Green Line - including parts of Modi'in, Maccabim and Re'ut - from which manufactured products will not be allowed duty-free entrance into Europe.
Under the EU-Israel free trade agreement, Israeli products are allowed duty-free entry into the EU, but not goods made in the settlements. Parts of Modi'in, Maccabim and Re'ut lie in an area known after 1949 as "no-man's land."
"For anyone who deals in reality, there is not the slightest doubt that the Modi'in, Maccabim and Re'ut localities are an integral part of Israel, and their future is not in question," the Israel Foreign Ministry said. "The EU ignores reality when it extends the domain of conflict to places and issues that do not belong there."