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Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
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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.
"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.