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article imageBritain and France protest Israeli settlement move

By Sami Zaatari     Dec 3, 2012 in World
London - The British and French governments have recently protested Israel's decision to move ahead with new settlement construction, by summoning the Israeli ambassadors.
In Britain, the Israeli ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office, to hold meetings on Israel's recent move. While in France, the Israeli ambassador was called in for a meeting Monday morning.
Israel has faced mounting international pressure over its recent move to go ahead with settlement construction in the West Bank.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon leading the chorus of international criticism towards Israel said the following in his statement:
It was with grave concern and disappointment that the Secretary-General learned of Israel’s announcement of 3,000 new settlement units in East Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank...Settlements are illegal under international law and, should the E-1 settlement be constructed, it would represent an almost fatal blow to remaining chances of securing a two-state solution.
Israel's decision to move ahead with the settlement plan comes as a retaliation against the successful Palestinian effort in achieving a non-member status at the UN. The Palestinians reached a unanimous vote at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, with 109 countries voting in favour, and only 9 against.
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