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Pressure mounting over Israeli settlement plans

NO TRUTH IN RUMORLondon and Paris rejected reports that they were planning the unprecedented step of recalling their ambassadors to Israel

AFP, PARIS

Plans to link Jerusalem with the Maaleh Adumim settlement, which lies about 5km from the city’s eastern flank, have long been espoused by Israeli hardliners, but were put on hold in 2005 following strong opposition from Washington.

Washington and Brussels have also raised concerns about the settlements plan, and on Sunday UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a strongly worded warning.

“Settlements are illegal under international law and, should the E1 settlement be constructed, it would represent an almost fatal blow to remaining chances of securing a two-state solution,” Ban said.

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