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Wilkow!': Is U.S. on the Side of Israel in Settlement Backlash?


Britain, France, Sweden, Spain and Denmark all summoned Israeli envoys on Tuesday to protest over Israel's settlement plans in the West Bank, with Germany and the UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon also denouncing the move. Amidst this international backlash, the U.S. has not been outspoken in support of who they often label their closest ally, with Israel taking notice. The Telegraph reports:

The newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, quoted unnamed Israeli diplomats as saying the outcry could not have occurred without the complicity of the Obama administration, which has profound differences with Mr Netanyahu over settlements.

“We would not be mistaken to say that Europe was acting with Washington’s encouragement,” the paper’s commentator, Shimon Shiffer wrote. “The White House authorised Europe to pounce on the Netanyahu government and to punish it.”

The settlement in question would  build 3,000 settlers’ homes and develop an area of the West Bank that could render a Palestinian state unviable. Political consultant Michael Prell and Christians United for Israel Executive Director David Brog joined 'Wilkow!' Wednesday to discuss the mounting controversy and what it could mean for US/Israeli relations and the future of the Palestinian state. Watch a clip from Wednesday's show below:

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