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Israel charges European countries have 'one-sided stance'

Jan. 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM

JERUSALEM, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman summoned four European ambassadors Friday to complain their countries' policies favored Palestinians, officials say.

Lieberman, calling the ambassadors of Britain, France, Italy and Spain together as a group, berated them for their "perpetual one-sided stance against Israel," the New York Times reported.

Israeli ambassadors to those countries were summoned Thursday to hear protests about the building of settlements in areas Palestinians consider part of their future state.

The Israeli government last week disclosed plans to build 1,400 housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, areas captured by Israel during the 1967 war.

In a statement Friday, Lieberman said the position of the European countries was "unacceptable and gives rise to the feeling that they are only looking to place blame on Israel."

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday it is "time to stop the hypocrisy" and "inject some balance and fairness into this discussion."

"When did the EU [European Union] call in the Palestinian ambassadors to complain about the incitement that calls for Israel's destruction?" he asked reporters.

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