PM met with May in London followed by meeting with Boris Johnson; Meeting centered on Iran’s nuclear program and presence in Syria; May, Johnson, focus on Gaza; Johnson: UK, alongside France and Germany, firmly believes that the Iran nuclear deal is the best way to ensure a safe, secure future for the region.
Prime Minister Netanyahu met with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London on Wednesday, the last meeting with European signatories of the nuclear deal with Iran. Their meeting, as with his meetings with Macron and Merkel, were centered on Iran’s nuclear and missile programs and presence in Syria.
Both leaders spoke before the press, Netanyahu praising Israel and Britain’s long history of diplomacy and cooperation in intelligence, security, technology and trade, stating “I think our relationship is going from strength to strength.” He then shifted to Iran, confirming his meeting as having two goals- the first, to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and the second, to “roll back Iran’s aggression in the region, and specifically in Syria.”
Netanyahu also spoke about Gaza, reiterating that Hamas is “rooted in the fundamental goal” to destroy Israel and that the protests are not peaceful at all, but violent. He stated “In addition to burning our fields, these people are being paid for and pushed by Hamas to try to break into Israel’s defenses, kill as many Israelis as they can, right next to our border, and kidnap our soldiers.”
Palestinians in Gaza, fueled by Hamas, continue to send arson kites into Israel, causing devastating fires and damages to farms and national parks. Palestinians are using the media to win sympathy, claiming their protests are legitimate and peaceful.
The prime minister assured May that Israel does everything it can to minimize casualties while at the same time defending the State of Israel. On human shields, he added “It’s a new technique, it’s a tactic of terrorists who attack civilian targets and hide behind civilians, or in this case use civilians as human shields. I think we should condemn it, and discuss ways how we can prevent this.”
He spoke of the economic and humanitarian crisis carried out by Hamas on its own people. He stated “Hamas diverts an enormous amount of resources from civilian needs to terror tunnels and other weapons of war… and the Palestinian Authority has cut back the money – a combination of choking Gaza financially from one Palestinian side and diverting resources for terrorism on the other side has created an economic crisis.”
Following his meeting with the prime minister, Netanyahu met with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who called for a “transparent, independent inquiry” into the Gaza death toll, despite Hamas’s public announcement that majority of the deaths were Hamas militants. Johnson echoed May and other European leadership in support for the current nuclear deal with Iran, stating “The UK, alongside France and Germany, firmly believes that the Iran nuclear deal is the best way to ensure a safe, secure future for the region.”
Photo: Netanyahu and May meeting, Screenshot, 2018.