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UK says economic sanctions over Israel settlements "not option"
UK says economic sanctions over Israel settlements

British Foreign Secretary William Hague Hague told "I don't think there is enthusiasm around the European Union  about economic sanctions in Europe on Israel." in his parliament speech.

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday that European sanctions against Israel in response to settlement building was not an option, but he was discussing with other foreign ministers what to do if construction went ahead.

"I don't think there is enthusiasm around the European Union  about economic sanctions in Europe on Israel. I don't believe there would be anywhere near a consensus nor is that our approach. We continue to try to bring both sides back to negotiations," Hague told parliament. 

The decision to build in a key area east of Jerusalem, called E1, sparked a storm of diplomatic protest from Washington and Brussels as well as from U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, who on Sunday warned it would deal an "almost fatal blow" to the prospects of resolving the conflict.

E1 is a highly contentious area of the West Bank that runs between the easternmost edge of occupied east Jerusalem and the Maaleh Adumim settlement.

Palestinians bitterly oppose the E1 project, as it would effectively cut the occupied West Bank in two, north to south, and sever it from Jerusalem, and make the creation of a viable Palestinian state even more impossible.



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Mr
Augustbrhm
TheBritish Parliament are paid in shekels.
18/04/2014, 13:08
Yes to sanctions
Shaaban Ramadhan
Mr. Hague says "I don't think there is enthusiasm around the European Union about economic sanctions in Europe on Israel." Are sanctions only made against Cubans, Arabs and Africans? Also was the ICC created for weaker countries?
04/12/2012, 16:48
Gold Medal in the "Kissing Israel's Arse" event goes to ...
Michael Rivero
Don't eht Britiosh people ever get tired of seeing their Parliament grovel to a foreign power?
04/12/2012, 16:27

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