EU mulling ways to press Israel to ditch settlement expansion plan

11.12.2012                      27.Kislew. 5773                      Channuka 3

Diplomatie & Verteidigung:

EU mulling ways to press Israel to ditch settlement expansion plan

EU foreign ministers 'deeply dismayed' by construction plans, warns of unspecified consequences and says will act accordingly; some officials say options for robust steps against Israel are limited due to lack of unanimity in EU.

The European Union warned Israel of unspecified consequences Monday if it goes through with plans to build thousands of new settler homes in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The bloc's 27 foreign ministers said they were "deeply dismayed" by Israeli plans to expand settlements, particularly with regard to the E-1 project, which would separate the West Bank from East Jerusalem, the Palestinians' hoped-for capital, and drive a big wedge between the northern and southern flanks of the territory….