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Wed Dec 5, 2012 11:23AM
William Hague(L), Benjamin Netanyahu(R)

William Hague(L), Benjamin Netanyahu(R)

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has dismissed economic sanctions on Israel over the regime’s illegal settlement plans, saying there is "no enthusiasm around the European Union" for such measures. “I don't believe there would be anywhere near a consensus nor is that our approach. We continue to try to bring both sides back to negotiations,” Hague said in a statement to the House of Commons on December 4. "Nevertheless, if there is no reversal of the decision that has been announced, we will want to consider what further steps European countries should take.” However, in an earlier statement, Britain’s Foreign Office had called on Israel to “reverse” its decision to construct thousands more illegal settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories. “If they [Israeli officials] go ahead with their decision, then there will be a strong reaction,” the Ministry said. On Monday, Tel Aviv’s ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, was officially summoned to the UK Foreign Office amid deepening international anger at Israel's plans to build illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the new settlement plans only days after Palestinians succeeded to win a historic vote at the UN general assembly to upgrade the status of Palestine. The Zionist regime aims at constructing 3,000 more illegal housing units in the occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the West Bank, including in the controversial E1 area. MOS/SSM/HE
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