EU foreign ministers criticizes E1 construction
Europe's political view of the Mideast has changed profoundly because of Israel's plans to build 3,000 new settler homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Monday.


Bildt, speaking as European Union foreign ministers gathered to discuss the situation, said the Israeli plans had caused "extreme concern" in the European Union, referring in particular to the E1 project, which would separate the West Bank from east Jerusalem: "What the Israelis did on E1 has shifted opinions in Europe," Bildt said as he arrived for the meeting. "I don't think the Israelis are aware of this." (AP)