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UK: Britain “An unshakeable friend of Israel”

Benjamin Netanyahu and David Cameron in 10 DOwning Street

David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, last night reaffirmed Britain’s ties with Israel following a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu.

The two leaders met at 10, Downing Street, in London for a working dinner, where the British PM promised to aid Israel in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, looked forward to greater co-operation between the two countries on security and economic issues and also highlighted the death of Osama bin Laden as “an opportunity” to defeat terrorism and promote democracy, civil rights and freedom in the Middle East and North Africa.

David Cameron also responded to the unification of the Hamas and Fatah governments of Gaza and the West Bank by saying that “any new Palestinian government must reject violence, recognise Israel’s right to exist and engage in the peace process, and that Britain would judge it by its actions.”

For his part, the Israeli PM had already denounced the joint government as a “blow to peace” and “a victory for terrorism”. A few days earlier, Benjamin Netanyahu had also congratulated America on the “termination” of Osama bin Laden regarding the incident as “a victory for justice, for freedom and for our common civilization.”

The Israeli PM will travel to France on Friday 6th May to further garner support for his denunciation of the new Palestinian government. Prime Minister Francois Fillon will meet with Israeli PM on Friday morning at the Hotel Matignon in Paris.

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