Netanyahu meets UK's May on Balfour Declaration centennial

Visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought the U.K.'s support for harsher sanctions on Iran over its recent missile tests, trying to build momentum for such penalties before he meets with President Donald Trump next week.

"That's why I welcome President Trump's insistence on new sanctions against Iran", Netanyahu said.

"There are challenges, especially those of radical Islam and Iran in particular, seeking to destroy Israel and saying that publicly", Netanyahu said.

Rival activists clashed along Whitehall as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Theresa May in Downing Street, London, on Monday afternoon (6 February).

The Iranian military carried out further missile tests on Saturday after Trump applied sanctions to 13 individuals and 12 companies or government entities in response to the original launch.

Britain however backs the Iran nuclear deal.

Netanyahu meets UK premier for talks on Iran settlements

Before departing for London, Netanyahu said he wants to boosts relations with both the United States and the UK. The two leaders are expected to discuss Iran, the war in Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as well as Israeli-British relations following the Brexit.

The Trump administration has shifted the U.S. stance on the illegal activity - stating that existing settlements were not a barrier to peace between Israel and Palestine.

Mr Netanyahu has long made clear he regards it as a bad deal which will do nothing to halt Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Obama vowed to veto any new economic sanctions against Iran by Congress.

Netanyahu's meeting with May also comes just hours before Israel's parliament looks set to vote on a bill that would retroactively legalize many illegal dozens of settler outposts in the West Bank. At the same time, however, Netanyahu was evasive in expressing support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

"Theresa May must make clear to the Israeli prime minister that the British government will stand unequivocally behind the rights of the Palestinian people", said Corbyn, who once described members of Palestinian group Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah as friends in comments he later said he regretted.

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  • Megan Austin