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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Paul Hirschson
Five European nations summoned Israeli ambassadors on Monday to denounce Israel's latest settlement construction push, deepening the rift between the Jewish state and European allies over the Palestinians' successful U.N. statehood bid.
"The policy of the government of Israel, among other things, is to establish a Palestinian state. But one doesn't exist right now," said Paul Hirschson, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry. "Unfortunately, this does not contribute, to say the least, toward conflict resolution because it doesn't nurture intellectual honesty in the conversation."
"Our ambassadors were called in, and the countries protested about the announcement about the intention to do further construction in settlements," Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson said.