Build­ing plans anger al­lies

Is­rael dis­misses crit­i­cism over set­tle­ment plan.

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - Byjosef Fe­d­er­man

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.

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