Building plans anger allies
Israel dismisses criticism over settlement plan.
JERUSALEM — Israel rejected a wave of U.S. and European condemnations Monday over plans to build thousands of new homes in West Bank settlements, vowing to press forward with the construction in the face of widespread international opposition.
Israeli ambassadors were summoned for consultations in five European capitals, and European officials warned of other potential measures against Israel.
In Washington, the Obama administration harshly criticized its top Mideast ally over the new construction plans in areas the Palestinians claim for a future state.
The announcement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office was likely to deepen a rift that has emerged between Israel and some of its closest allies following the United Nations’ recognition of a Palestinian state last week.
Israel on Friday announced that it would move ahead on plans to build 3,000 settler homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem on territory the Palestinians claim as theirs to punish the Palestinians for winning U.N. recognition.