Israel summoned European ambassadors on Friday, accusing them of pro-Palestinian "bias" damaging to peace prospects, in a tit-for-tat move after Israeli envoys were called in over settlement expansion plans, AFP reports.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called in the ambassadors of Britain, France, Italy and Spain to "stress to them that their perpetual one-sided stance against Israel and in favor of the Palestinians is unacceptable and creates the impression they are only seeking ways to blame Israel," his spokesman said.
The foreign minister asked that the envoys be told "Israel is making great efforts to enable the continued dialogue with the Palestinians".
As reported, Israel has announced plans for some 1,800 homes in the West Bank, including annexed Arab east Jerusalem, just days after the latest peace mission by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton had said she was "deeply concerned" over the move, noting settlements were "illegal under international law" and "constitute an obstacle to peace".
Israeli ambassadors in London, Rome and Paris were called in over the plans on Thursday, with the ambassador in Madrid summoned for Friday.
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