The British government summoned the Israeli ambassador to London for talks on Monday over new construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, British officials said, after warning of a “strong reaction” to the construction.
“The Israeli Ambassador to London, Daniel Taub, has been summoned to the Foreign Office this morning for a meeting with the minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, to discuss this further,” a Foreign Office statement said.
France, too, summoned the Israeli ambassador in Paris to complain about the plans to build new settler homes, the Israeli embassy in Paris said.
I strongly encourage the Israeli ambassadors to take the meeting, maybe even bring a seasonal offering. (Is it too early for Hanukkah gelt?) How often do these guys want to talk to you anyway?
And by all means bring the blueprints of the planned construction, including 1290 King Edward Drive (after the date of the British expulsion of the Jews) and 1306 King Philip Boulevard (after the subsequent French expulsion of its Jews). Of course, both will be dwarfed by the high rise 1492 Ferdinand and Isabella Way. That edifice will get special treatment:
The Spanish Jews who ended up in Turkey, North Africa, Italy, and elsewhere throughout Europe and the Arab world, were known as Sephardim — Sefarad being the Hebrew name for Spain. After the expulsion, the Sephardim imposed an informal ban forbidding Jews from ever again living in Spain. Specifically because their earlier sojourn in that country had been so happy, the Jews regarded the expulsion as a terrible betrayal, and have remembered it ever since with particular bitterness. Of the dozens of expulsions directed against Jews throughout their history, the one from Spain remains the most infamous.
Dozens of expulsions! Oh my! You have a lot of building ahead of you, Israel. Not least for the Vichy monument in the middle of Oswald Mosley Square.
PS: I see Sweden has also summoned its Israeli ambassador. By comparison, Sweden has been a model of tolerance and diversity:
The government was desirous of attracting wealthy Jews to the country, but it was equally careful to keep out itinerant door-to-door sellers of trinkets, quite a number of whom had in previous years entered Sweden from Germany. Any foreign Jew who landed in Sweden was accordingly required to report, within eight days of his arrival, to the local authorities, and to produce his passport and a certificate of character, as well as a statement of his purpose in coming to the country. These certificates were issued by the elders of the congregation to which the immigrant belonged in his native country, and had to be verified by the municipal authorities of the place in which the immigrant had last resided. If the certificates were unsatisfactory, the authorities were at liberty to expel the holder; but in case he was admitted he was directed to Stockholm, Gothenburg, or Norrköping.
Hmm, Boca Raton or Norrköping?