Britain's foreign office summons Israel's ambassador
Israel's Ambassador to Britain, Daniel Taub, has been summoned by Britain's Foreign Office in what is likely a prelude to Britain recalling its ambassador to Israel
"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
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.
They really don't get it. All this is going to do is make Israelis rally around Netanyahu - exactly the opposite effect of what they are seeking.
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