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EU urges Israel to "reverse" plans for new settlements

The European Union said it was "deeply disappointed" after Israel unveiled plans to build another 3,200 settler homes, and called for the decision to be reversed.

BRUSSELS: The European Union (EU) said on Thursday it was "deeply disappointed" after Israel unveiled plans to build another 3,200 settler homes, and called for the decision to be reversed.

Tenders for nearly 1,500 new settlement houses and plans to advance some 1,800 others were issued in retaliation for the formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by Hamas and the international community.

"We are deeply disappointed that the Israeli Land Administration has published new tenders for 1,466 housing units in settlements in East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank," the EU said in a statement.

"This move is unhelpful to peace efforts."

The news drew a furious reaction from the Palestinians, who pledged to seek a fresh anti-settlement resolution at the United Nation Security Council for the first time in more than three years.

"We call on the Israeli authorities to reverse this decision and to direct all their efforts towards an early resumption of the peace talks," the EU said.

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