5 European Nations Summon Israeli Ambassadors Over Settlement Plans
Five European nations criticized Israel’s decision to build thousands of new homes in occupied territory, summoning Israeli ambassadors for discussions on the matter.
The British Foreign Office called Israel’s move “deplorable” and said it threatens a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The foreign ministries of France, Spain, Denmark issued similar statements asking Israeli officials to reverse their decision. And Sweden’s foreign minister said the Israeli ambassador there had been summoned to a meeting.
The statements were the latest international fallout after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized planning to begin for the new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a move widely viewed as retaliatory after the Palestinian Authority won a U.N. bid to be recognized as a “non-member observer state.”