Palestinians welcome France, UK responses to settlements

December 3, 2012 13:58

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Sunday that he hoped Britain and France were considering recalling their ambassadors as response to Israeli plan to built 3,000 new housing units in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

He said building in E1 "destroys the two-state solution, (establishing) east Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and practically ends the peace process and any opportunity to talk about negotiations in the future."

Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesman for the Hamas Islamist movement that governs the Gaza Strip, said the settlement plans were "an insult to the international community, which should bear responsibility for Israeli violations and attacks on Palestinians".

Recalling the envoys would be a powerful diplomatic rebuke to Netanyahu, three weeks after he won strong European and US support for an offensive in the Hamas Islamist-run Gaza Strip, which Israel said was aimed at curbing cross-border rocket fire.

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