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EU Urges Israel to Annul Massive Settlement Plan

EU Urges Israel to Annul Massive Settlement Plan


EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Sunday urged Israel to annul plans to build 3,000 new settler homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, saying it would be “an obstacle to peace”.

Israel revealed plans to build the 3,000 homes a day after the historic UN vote Thursday recognising Palestine as a non-member state of the world body.

Ashton recalled that during last week’s debate on upgrading Palestine’s United Nations status she had urged both sides to resume direct negotiations without delay or preconditions and “to pursue actions which could build confidence, not undermine it.”

On Saturday, Arab and Turkish foreign ministers condemned the Israeli plan.

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