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  12/3/2012, Kislev 19, 5773

Report: UK, France Considering Recalling Ambassadors


Ministers in Britain and France could decide, Monday, to recall their countries' ambassadors to Israel in protest of the decision to build 3,000 housing units in the area between Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim, according to a Monday morning report by the Ha'aretz daily. Neither country has ever taken that move against Israel. Among other steps being considered are sanctions against products produced beyond the 1949 cease-fire line and stopping strategic dialogue with Israel.

French and British diplomats said the decision to permit the construction shocked leaders who see it as the crossing of a red line. They call it an act of ingratitude by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, following the widespread support he received during the Pillar of Defense counter-terror operation in Gaza.