Israel rejects European criticism of settlement activity

Israel on Wednesday harshly rejected criticism of its settlement activities and settler violence toward Palestinians levied against it by Britain, France, Germany and Portugal a day earlier.
"If instead of contributing to the stability of the Middle East, they invest efforts in inappropriately bickering with a country with a law and justice system that knows how to deal with lawbreakers, then they are losing their credibility and making themselves irrelevant," the Foreign Ministry stated.