Former EU leaders call for sanction Israel over settlements 10Dec10 December 11, 2010

Ma’an News Agency -  10 December 2010

A group of 26 senior former European leaders are calling for sanctions against Israel in response to its refusal to end construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Friday.

The report says the leaders criticized Israeli policies in a letter sent Thursday to the leadership of the European Union and the governments of the EU’s 27 member states.

According to the same report, the signatories of the letter include the former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, former German President Richard von Weizsacker, former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzales, former president of the EU Commission and former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, and former Irish President Mary Robinson.

The group drew up a series of recommendations to the current EU leadership during a meeting in London in mid-November, the newspaper said.

The move comes after days after US officials dropped their demand for Israel to halt all construction in West Bank settlements, leaving peace talks in limbo.

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