May tells PM Netanyahu of British opposition to Israel's settlement activities

Avi Gabay

LONDON-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday urged Western leaders to follow U.S. President Donald Trump in imposing fresh sanctions against Iran.

He called for "responsible nations" to follow the lead of the U.S., which last week imposed fresh sanctions in response to Iran's latest ballistic missile test.

Mr Netanyahu has said he will be looking to deepen "diplomatic, security, economic and technological ties" with the United Kingdom when he meets Mrs May for the first time for talks in Downing Street.

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

"In the diplomatic sphere, I intend to emphasise the need for a common front against Iran's defiant aggression which has raised its head in recent days", he told reporters.

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In the background of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Great Britain, demonstrations were held for and against the State of Israel in London. 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. It seeks to conquer the Middle East.

In a statement released hours later by her office, May said she recognized concerns about "Iran's pattern of destabilizing activity in the region" while noting that the 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic was "vital" and must be "properly enforced and policed". I think there are challenges there but there are some new and interesting opportunities because of these regional and global changes.

His comments came as the two met in Downing Street, and as hundred of protesters lined nearby streets to demonstrate against the continued building of illegal settlements in the West Bank.

"The Israeli government's decision to build 3,000 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem is illegal under global law and a threat to peace and worldwide security".

"If the current trend continues, with its increasingly coercive environment against the Palestinian population, then the two-state solution will become nothing more than a political slogan rather than reality".

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