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Israel PM slams EU 'hypocrisy' on settlements

Published on Jan 17, 2014 3:27 AM
 

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Thursday for summoning envoys over recently unveiled plans for some 1,800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank.

"This is hypocrisy. The EU calls our ambassadors in because of the construction of a few houses? When did the EU call in the Palestinian ambassadors about incitement that calls for Israel's destruction?" Netanyahu asked foreign correspondents at his annual new year reception. "It's time to stop this hypocrisy," he said. "This imbalance... doesn't advance peace, I think it pushes peace further away."

Netanyahu's government announced plans for the new homes in the West Bank, including annexed Arab east Jerusalem, just days after the latest peace mission by US Secretary of State John Kerry who has slammed them as "illegitimate" and "unhelpful."