Inexplicable decision by Israel to ban shipments of sheep and cattle from Romania

Romania, which in 2016 exported to Israel around 215 000 head of sheep and cattle out of a total of 571 972 from Europe and Australia, now stands to lose its access to the Israeli market, having established itself Israel’s chief supplier of sheep and cattle and one of its major trading partners.

Romanian suppliers have been left mystified by these drastic restrictions affecting livestock exports. Communications with Israeli partners currently appear to be breaking down, with no moves being made to restore trade relations.

Romania cannot afford the loss such a major outlet as that provided by Israel and is accordingly seeking immediate action to help its farmers consolidate their trading relations in the sheep and cattle sector.

In view of this:

What tools are available to the Commission to help Romanian farmers regain a firm foothold on the Israeli market?