The act of an enemy — a cowardly enemy, who won’t declare his intentions openly. “Sources: US behind European protest measures,” by Attila Somfalvi for Ynet News, December 4 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
The United States was behind the summoning of Israeli ambassadors by several European nations, Israeli sources with close ties to US administration officials said Monday.
“The European move is essentially an American move,” one official said. “The Brits asked the Americans how to act.”
The Foreign Ministry fears Europe will take further punitive steps against Israe [sic] over its decision to advance construction in the E1 area between Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem.
Last week Israel announced the construction of an additional 3,000 housing units in Jerusalem and the West Bank. But it was the decision to advance the planning procedures of housing units in the segment connecting Ma’ale Adumim with Jerusalem, known as the E1 project, that truly infuriated Washington and Europe.
Meanwhile, Australia also announced it was summoning the Israeli ambassador to protest Israel’s moves.
“Australia has long opposed all settlement activity,” Foreign Minister Bob Carr said in a statement after Israeli Ambassador Yuval Rotem’s meeting with senior Australian officials.
“Such activity threatens the viability of a two-state solution without which there will never be security in Israel.”…
…and with which there will never be security in Israel.