Israeli premier phones European leaders after ban

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 10:04 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has talked with a series of European leaders a day after the announcement of a decision on a European funding ban to Israeli institutions operating in occupied territories.

Mark Regev, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would not disclose the content of Wednesday's phone calls. Israeli media reported Netanyahu urged his counterparts to delay the measure.

The European Union said the ban applies to "grants, prizes and financial instruments." The new funding guidelines go into effect in 2014.

The EU decision marked a new international show of displeasure with Israeli settlements built on lands captured in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians claim some of those territories — the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem — for their hoped-for state.

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