EU joins US in criticizing Netanyahu's settlement plan

September 5, 2009 08:39

EU foreign ministers condemned an announcement by Israel on Friday that it will construct new housing units in West Bank settlements. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told reporters the EU's 27 foreign ministers were all against the move, following similar criticism levied by the US "The announcement made to build new buildings and new settlements exactly at the moment when all the international community is asking Israel for a freeze has been criticized by the ministers of foreign affairs," Frattini said after the ministers completed the first day of a two-day meeting in Stockholm. Aides to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he would approve hundreds of new housing units in West Bank settlements before considering a temporary freeze in construction.

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