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EU Envoy: Israel Will Pay Price for Settlements

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Bedouins from the village of Khirbet Umm Al-Khair walk near the Jewish West Bank settlement of Karmael on Jan. 21.

Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 12:30 PM

JERUSALEM — The European Union's ambassador to Israel says a burgeoning movement to sanction Israel over its construction of West Bank settlements will gain steam if the current round of Mideast peace talks fails.

A small but growing number of European businesses and pension funds have begun to drop investments or limit trade with Israeli firms involved in the West Bank settlements.

Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen told reporters Wednesday that the EU wants to expand its cooperation with Israel. But if warned that if Israel keeps building settlements and peace talks collapse, "will transpire is a situation in which Israel will find itself increasingly isolated" on the economic front.

Faaborg-Andersen said the EU considers Israeli settlements built on lands claimed by the Palestinians as illegal and obstacles to peace.

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The European Union's ambassador to Israel says a burgeoning movement to sanction Israel over its construction of West Bank settlements will gain steam if the current round of Mideast peace talks fails.
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