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6 killed in new Israeli strike on Deir al-Balah
France, UK summon Israeli ambassadors over settlements
Published Monday 03/12/2012 (updated) 05/12/2012 10:10
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Laborers work on a construction site in the Jewish settlement of Gilo in
occupied East Jerusalem on Dec. 22, 2011. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)
PARIS (Reuters) -- France and Britain on Monday summoned their Israeli ambassadors to express concerns over Israel's plans to expand Jewish settlements after Palestine won de facto UN recognition of statehood.

"The ambassador has been summoned in order to express our disapproval," French foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said. The Israeli embassy also confirmed the meeting.

A ministry official brushed off reports that France could recall its own envoy in Jerusalem and said Paris was looking at other ways of putting pressure on Netanyahu.

"There are other ways in which we can express our disapproval," the official told Reuters.

In London, a Foreign Office spokesman said: "The Israeli Ambassador to London, Daniel Taub, has been formally summoned to the Foreign Office this morning by the Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt."

"The Minister set out the depth of the UK's concerns," the spokesman said.

"Any decision about any other measures the UK might take will depend on the outcome of our discussions with the Israeli government and with international partners including the US and European Union," he added.

Germany urged Israel to refrain from expanding settlements and Russia said it viewed plans to put more new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem with serious concern.

Israel said on Friday it would build thousands of new settler homes, including in a wedge zone between Jerusalem and the West Bank, known as E1, which Washington considers especially sensitive.

France and Britain have both condemned Israel's plans, saying international confidence in Israel's desire to make peace with the Palestinians was at risk.

Netanyahu has dismissed world condemnation of his latest settlement plans, which were announced on Friday just hours after the United Nations voted overwhelming to upgrade the Palestinians' diplomatic status.
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1 ) Britannia waves / the rules
03/12/2012 16:57
Daniel Taub, please give Alistair Burt your compliments, then tell him and his government to mind their own duplicitous bloody business and take their noses out of a situation that their predecessors f@cked up in the first place.

2 ) Muayyad / Palestine
03/12/2012 18:11
Why is Palestine mute? Where are the ACTIONS against the apartheid club? Some leaders we have!!L

3 ) Elle / UK
04/12/2012 01:48
No the international community have a right to question Israel about its doings esp as palistine in now recognised as a non Eu state.They are causing trouble and will be the first to cry terrorism after a palistinIan retaliation.

4 ) Carlos / usa
04/12/2012 14:28
I applaud France but why havent you supported human rights of Palestinians before? Please do something real about this. Sanctions or something are in order.
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