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Israel slams Dutch water company for cutting ties with Israeli partner over settlements
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:51 AM EST
A Dutch water company says it has cut ties with Israel's national water carrier over its operations in the West Bank.
The Palestinians claim the West Bank, captured by Israel in 1967, as part of a future independent state.
Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yigal Palmor said Wednesday that Vitens' decision was "devoid of any common sense." He says the Israeli company cooperates closely with Jordan and the Palestinians on water projects.
The move comes after Israel acceded to a European funding ban on projects in the occupied territories last month. It assured the EU it would not spend money received under a technology-sharing pact in the West Bank or east Jerusalem.