Foreign Secretary William Hague said Israeli settlement extension plans would make a two-state solution "almost inconceivable." He said:
We think that is the wrong way to react to what happened much as we had misgivings for some of these reasons about pressing a resolution at the United Nations, now that is the wrong way to react to that and that message is coming loud and clear from all around Europe and the United States as well.
If implemented, these plans that were announced on Friday would alter the situation on the ground on a scale that makes the two-state solution, with Jerusalem as a shared capital, almost inconceivable, very, very difficult to implement in the future
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.