News Brief 12/4/2012, Kislev 20, 5773
Britain: EU Trade Sanctions Against Israel 'Unlikely'
The European Union is unlikely to use trade sanctions to penalize Israel over its plans to build new Jewish homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday.
Hague repeated his condemnation of the "illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory” and urged Israeli politicians to "listen very carefully" to international diplomatic pressure on the issue.
However, in response to whether he believes the EU should put "economic muscle behind our protestations", Hague responded by saying , "I don't think there is enthusiasm (for that) around the European Union."