Palestinians walk near an opening in Israel’s controversial barrier in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of A-tur. (photo credit:REUTERS)
EUROPEAN officials are looking at new ways to press Israel to halt its building of settlements on land the Palestinians want for a state, as frustration over the construction program reaches a new high, European diplomats say.
The discussions are at an early stage, but officials say the European Union may look at stopping Jewish settlers convicted of crimes from visiting the EU and could examine the fine print of a free-trade agreement, although there is no talk of sanctions.
A series of steps by Israel in recent weeks, including…