EU urges Israel to backtrack decision to build additional settlements

The EU said it was "deeply disappointed that the Israeli Land Administration has published new tenders for 1466 housing units in settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank," saying the move detrimental to peace efforts.


In a statement, the EU said "What is needed right now is constructive engagement, in order to create a climate conducive to resumed negotiations. We call on the Israeli authorities to reverse this decision and to direct all their efforts towards an early resumption of the peace talks"


The PLO also slammed the move, saying it plans to appeal to the UN Security Council over the move. (AFP, AP)