Michael Kors Shoes is the second-largest seller of shoes in the United States, with the largest share of American sales coming from Israel, the largest Jewish country in the world.
This week, the shoes maker said it was moving to Israel, after months of negotiations with the Israeli government.
The decision comes after the U.S. Commerce Department said in a report last month that Israeli manufacturers of shoes were doing business with the company in a way that violates U.N. sanctions against Iran, including its ballistic missile program.
The U.K.-based shoe maker said the U,S.
sanctions “are unjustified and harmful to Israel’s interests.”
Last month, U.C. Davis-based shoe manufacturer J. Crew Inc. said it would stop producing shoes for the U.,S.
market because of Iran sanctions.
“We’ve heard from U. S. consumers that they are disappointed in the company’s decision to relocate its production to Israel and we will continue to work with U. States and other countries to make sure that J.
Crew shoes do not face a similar threat,” J.C.’s CEO Paul D. Oster said in an emailed statement.
“We will continue working closely with the U .
S. and other nations to ensure that American consumers are protected from these unfair, anti-Semitic sanctions.”
The U.F.O. and the UBS Bank have both expressed concern about J.crew’s move.
The company did not respond to a request for comment.
In the U S., Kors has said it has a strong working relationship with Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Trade and will continue doing business there.
In the UK, the government’s Office for the Co-ordination of Countering the Financing of Terrorism (COFCT) said it “strongly recommends” the company not to move production out of Britain.
COFCT said it is “not satisfied” with J.c.s position.
‘Not good enough’The announcement on Monday follows months of diplomatic tension between the two countries, which were once allies.
Britain has banned all Iranian products from entering the country and has accused Tehran of backing a terrorist group known as Hezbollah.
Israel has accused Iran of supporting the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.
Both countries have accused each other of backing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, a group which is backed by Iran and Hezbollah.
The two nations’ top diplomats have also been locked in a long-running dispute over Jerusalem, where they have maintained a tense relationship.