The Obama administration harshly criticised its top Middle East ally Israel today over new settlement construction plans in areas the Palestinians claim for a future state.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said:"We urge Israeli leaders to reconsider these unilateral decisions and exercise restraint as these actions are counter productive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations to achieve a two-state solution."
Britain today summoned the Israeli ambassador amid deepening international anger at fresh Israeli settlement expansion plans.
The Foreign Office does not deny reports that that Britain and France are considering withdrawing their ambassadors from Israel.
Israel's response to the Palestinians' crushing diplomatic victory at the United Nations late last night is provocative.