December 3, 2012
Britain is considering recalling its ambassador to Israel to protest at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to expand settlement building , a diplomatic source said on Monday. The source, who declined to be named, said London would decide whether to recall its ambassador later in the day.
Friday’s announcement of the additional units and the planning work to be done on E1 was the government’s immediate reaction to the Palestinians’ successful move to upgrade their status at the UN General Assembly to that of non-member observer state.
US President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel reportedly slammed the decision, saying Netanyahu’s behavior was “unfathomable,” Channel 2 reported Sunday night.
Emanuel spoke in a closed-door meeting during the Saban Forum in Washington, DC, where sources quoted him as saying Obama would no longer accept disrespect from Netanyahu.