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Monday, December 03, 2012

Breaking: Britain denies it will recall its ambassador

The British Foreign Office is denying reports that it intends to recall its ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould.
The UK has summoned Israel's ambassador in London over the plans to expand settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Foreign Office warned of a "strong reaction", but dismissed reports that the British ambassador in Tel Aviv could be withdrawn, as "speculation".

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The government said Mr Burt would "set out the depth of the UK's concern about decisions concerning all settlement building".
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "The Foreign Secretary [William Hague] has consistently made it very clear that settlement building, such as 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.
"We have called on the Israeli government to reconsider. We have told the Israeli government that if they go ahead with their decision, then there will be a strong reaction."
It sounds like this is going to calm down. E-1, which is what set them off, is likely years away from actual construction.

What could go wrong?

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2 Comments:

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

And surely some dept of the Israeli govt is going to put out a lot-based title search map of E-1, with purchase info or common land historical info... before any squatters who have already put up structures there are moved out... right? right? Because I remember reading that, during the initiation of the security barrier, one of the most vocal Palestinian families whose "house" was "separated" from their "farm land" didn't even own any of it. They just moved in and started building and farming without owning the land. But so far, we won't get that info from the Israeli govt. Please do this. It's not just "hasbara." It is what rational govts do to not have their people demolished over falsehoods.

 
At 8:34 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

BTW, today a tweet went by from a British guy (this twitter feed is tech related, not geopolitics, or whatever), where he said that he apologizes to Israel and his Jewish acquaintances and that he is embarrassed for the first time in his life to be British because of the U.K. attempt to publicly humiliate Israel. Did something else happen? or do you think it is because of the U.N. vote? or these Ambassador summons? I'll look back on twitter and see if he put up anything else...

 

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