(London Telegraph) Five European countries, including Britain, have registered formal protests with Israeli ambassadors over last week's decision by Benjamin Netanyahu's government to build 3,000 settlers' homes and develop an area of the West Bank that could render a Palestinian state unviable.
Along with Australia and Brazil, they were joined by Egypt, threatening to destabilise its fragile regional relations.
The Egyptian foreign minister said it had registered a "strong protest" with Israel's Cairo ambassador over the proposals.
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Despite the mounting international protest however, Mr Netanyahu's office indicated there would be no backing down over its settlement plans.