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British, French, Summon Israel Ambassadors

Israeli ambassadors summoned for talks over new construction in Judea and Samaria.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 12/3/2012, 12:03 PM

British PM David Cameron
British PM David Cameron
Reuters

The British government summoned the Israeli ambassador to London for talks on Monday over new construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, British officials said, after warning of a "strong reaction" to the construction.

"The Israeli Ambassador to London, Daniel Taub, has been summoned to the Foreign Office this morning for a meeting with the minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, to discuss this further," a Foreign Office statement said.

Sky News reported that Britain may recall its Israel Ambassador as well, and possibly even freeze its trade agreements with Israel, in retaliation for the construction.

Diplomatic sources said earlier that a decision to recall the British Ambassador in Israel had not yet been made, but the step was being considered..

France, too, summoned the Israeli ambassador in Paris to complain about the plans to build new settler homes, the Israeli embassy in Paris said.