International anger grows over Israeli settlement plans

Britain today summoned the Israeli ambassador amid deepening international anger at fresh Israeli settlement expansion plans. Photo: ITV News

Britain today summoned the Israeli ambassador amid deepening international anger at fresh plans by the government of Benjamin Netanyahu to extend settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Ambassador Daniel Taub was ordered to the Foreign Office to be told of "the depth of the UK's concerns" about the plan for 3,000 more homes for Jewish settlers by Alistair Burt, the Minister for the Middle East.

The foreign ministries of France and Sweden also called in their Israeli ambassadors as governments across Europe voiced dismay at the implications of the settlement scheme for the peace process.

Israel's latest plans to build more homes for Jewish settlers could make it more difficult than ever to create a Palestinian state on the ground.

From the site of the controversial settlement, ITV News' middle east correspondent John Ray, reports: