Israel to advance east Jerusalem building plans
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Amy Teibel - December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM —Israel is moving forward with plans for two major settlement projects in east Jerusalem, a spokeswoman said Tuesday, even as a senior Palestinian official warned that his government could pursue war crimes charges if Israel doesn't halt such construction. International anger over Israeli settlement construction has snowballed in recent days, following last week's U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine — in lands Israel occupied in 1967 — as a non-member observer in the General Assembly.

U.S. intensifies criticism of Israel on settlement plan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Andrew Quinn, Matt Spetalnick - December 3, 2012 - 1:00am

WASHINGTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The United States on Monday ratcheted up criticism of Israel over plans to expand Jewish settlement building on occupied land, urging it to reconsider despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's refusal to back down. The Obama administration's tougher-than-usual words for close ally Israel came after five European governments summoned Israeli ambassadors in their capitals to express concern over the new settlement projects. But Washington stopped short of threatening any concrete measures against the Jewish state.

Australia summons Israel ambassador over settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

CANBERRA (Reuters) -- Australia summoned the Israeli ambassador on Tuesday to protest against Israel's decision to expand Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and withhold tax revenue from the Palestinian Authority. Australia's move followed similar actions in Europe including Spain, France, Britain, Sweden and Denmark in the wake of the Palestinians winning de facto UN recognition of statehood.

5 European Nations Summon Envoys of Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - December 3, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM — Britain, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark summoned the Israeli ambassadors to their countries on Monday to protest Israel’s plans for increased settlement construction, an unusually sharp diplomatic step that reflected the growing frustration abroad with Israel’s policies on the Palestinian issue.

'U.S. angered by claim that new building at E-1 aimed at Obama, not Palestinians'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chemi Shalev - December 3, 2012 - 1:00am

The U.S. Administration intensified criticism of Israel’s decision to proceed with construction at the E-1 site near Ma'ale Adumim in response to indications that the move was meant to “retaliate” against U.S. President Barack Obama for his refusal to endorse the 2004 Sharon-Bush letter on settlement blocs.

Israel to build new Jewish neighborhood in east Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
December 3, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Jerusalem Municipality is set to authorize a new Jewish neighborhood in east Jerusalem later this month beyond the 1967 lines on annexed Palestinian territories. Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Kobi Kahlon confirmed to the Jerusalem Post on Monday that the final authorization of the neighborhood, Givat Hamatos, is set to include 2,610 housing units and will be given on Dec. 19.

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