Jewish group 'regrets' French call for settlement freeze

25th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

France's Jewish Council on Friday criticised the French government's decision to summon the Israeli ambassador to demand a freeze of Israeli settlement building in east Jerusalem.

Paris - France's Jewish Council on Friday criticised the French government's decision to summon the Israeli ambassador to demand a freeze of Israeli settlement building in east Jerusalem.

Israel's ambassador Daniel Shek was called to the foreign ministry in Paris on Thursday, where he was told France wants "an immediate freeze on settlement activities, including in east Jerusalem."

The French Representative Council of Jewish Institutions (CRIF) said it "regrets the summoning to the French foreign ministry of Daniel Shek, Israeli ambassador, over questions relating to construction in the city of Jerusalem."

The CRIF stressed "its attachment to the city of Jerusalem as the historic capital of the state of Israel, where all freedoms, including of housing, are respected."

The Israeli foreign ministry rejected the French call to freeze Jewish settlement building, saying a solution to the settlements can only be reached through a comprehensive and final peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Israel has defied criticism of plans to build 20 new apartments on the site of a former hotel in the Arab sector of Jerusalem, rejecting calls from the United States, the European Union and Russia to freeze all settlements.

AFP / Expatica

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