Dec 3, 2012 Comments Off on Report: Britain May Pull Ambassador To Israel Over New Settlement Construction Infidel
Excerpted from Egypt Independent: Britain is considering recalling its ambassador to Israel to protest at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to expand settlement building, a diplomatic source said on Monday.
Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that France was also considering withdrawing its envoy.
Both embassies declined to comment on the reports, but the British issued a statement saying they had made clear they would not support strong Israeli retaliation to a UN vote last week that gave the Palestinians de facto recognition of statehood.
“The recent Israeli government decision to build 3,000 new housing units threatens the two-state solution and makes progress through negotiations harder to achieve,” the British embassy in Tel Aviv said.
“We have called on the Israeli government to reconsider.”
A diplomatic source, who declined to be named, said London would decide later in the day whether to recall its ambassador.
Such a move by both London and Paris would represent a severe diplomatic reproach to Netanyahu. Israel’s Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon told Israeli Army Radio he was not aware of any recall.