EU summons Israeli ambassador over settlement expansion

BRUSSELS (Reuters) Now the European Union has decided to summon Israel’s ambassador to discuss the union’s concerns over Israel’s building plans which encompass new settlements in the occupied West Bank, an EU foreign affairs spokesperson said Wednesday.

In defiance of international protests, Israel has announced a new building plan with 3,000 settlement units in the most sensitive areas of the occupied West Bank. The European Union has repeatedly commented on the Israeli settlements on land the Palestinians want for their state.

“The Israeli ambassador has been invited by the Executive Secretary General of the EEAS (European External Action Service) to meet to set out the depth of our concerns,” Maja Kocijancic said. Several EU countries have already called in Israeli ambassadors for consultations, but EU states have been struggling to agree on a common response to the settlement expansion plans.

EU’s reaction to Israel’s new settlement plans would depend on the extent to which they threaten the establishment of a viable state of Palestine in the future, Kocijancic explained.

Source: Ma’an News Agency