Netanayahu urges UK's May to back Iran sanctions

Benjamin Netanyahu uses London visit to push British counterpart after Iran missile test

Netanayahu urges UK's May to back Iran sanctions

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Israel’s premier used his visit to London on Monday to urge British Prime Minister Theresa May to follow the U.S. in imposing sanctions on Iran.

Benjamin Netanyahu said he welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach after Tehran recently test-fired a ballistic missile.

The Israeli leader said: “Iran seeks to annihilate Israel. It says so openly. It seeks to conquer the Middle East.

“It threatens Europe; it threatens the West; it threatens the world. And it offers provocation after provocation.

“That's why I welcome President Trump's insistence on new sanctions against Iran. I think other nations should follow soon, certainly responsible nations.”

A spokeswoman for Theresa May focused on talks about U.K.-Israel relations after Brexit, a possible trade deal and said “the focus is to be on the relationship between our two countries, how we work together and particularly to increase the prosperity of our nations”.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was also on the agenda, Downing Street added, and said the U.K. would “reiterate our longstanding position to make clear that we view the continued increase in settlement activity as undermining trust”.

The spokeswoman also said the U.K. had a “very clear position” of “needing to pursue a twin-track approach, recognizing the right of Israel to live safe from terrorism”.

U.K.-Israel relations were shaken recently by the May government's condemnation of Israel's settlement policies and by a scandal caused after an Israeli embassy official was secretly filmed plotting against some British politicians.

Outside the two leaders’ meeting, a pro-Palestinian group held a rally under tight security. 

One demonstrator told Anadolu Agency: “The British regime said something about the illegal settlements at the very least in the West Bank and so on because it is illegal in international law."

“They should be taking more action. They take plenty of action against places like Iran and Syria and so on," he added.

Zaher Birawi, another protester, said the Israeli premier’s visit was "against the values of our society".

"We are calling for Netanyahu to be labelled, accountable for what he has done against the Palestinians during his time as a prime minister or as a part of the government," he added.

The Israeli leader will also meet U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson before leaving for a visit to the U.S.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Şubat 2017, 19:20