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Rifts open up over Israel

Issue No. 2332

Israel has said it will restart its illegal settlement building programme in the West Bank, despite being condemned by United Nations (UN) members.

Israel launched a brutal attack on Palestinians in Gaza last month. It killed 153 Palestinians in bombing raids, including children.

Israel is now keen to assert itself. But criticism of Israel is growing, even among some of its oldest allies.

The UN general assembly voted overwhelmingly to compel Israel to accept nuclear inspectors on Tuesday of this week.

Only Israel, the US, Canada and three tiny island kingdoms in the Pacific voted against.

And many European countries supported a Palestinian bid for observer status at the UN last week. It was granted.

Britain abstained in the vote. Foreign secretary William Hague said voting yes could “set the peace process back”.

This will change very little for Palestinian people. But it highlights Israel’s growing isolation.

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Tue 4 Dec 2012, 18:15 GMT
Issue No. 2332
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