London (dpa) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged
Britain and other Western nations to cooperate more closely with
Israel against the “militant Islam” of both Iran and Islamic State
forces on Thursday as he met his British counterpart David Cameron.
“The Middle East is disintegrating under the twin forces of militant
Islam: The militant Sunnis led by ISIS (Islamic State) and the
militant Shiites led by Iran,” Netanyahu said at the British prime
minister’s London residence before the closed talks began.
Netanyahu said he planned to focus on international security, the
Middle East peace process and technological innovation during the
Cameron told Netanyahu that Britain “remains staunch in our defence
of Israel’s right to exist and to defend itself.”
Netanyahu is scheduled to meet other British politicians and Jewish
community leaders during his two-day visit.
He met Jewish leaders earlier Thursday and “discussed the anti-Israel
“I told them: Fight back. Don’t apologize,” Netanyahu said on
Protests had greeted the Israeli leader’s arrival in London on
An estimated 300 protesters gathered near Downing Street, many
carrying Palestinian flags and placards bearing slogans including
“Free Palestine” and “End Israel’s attacks on Gaza.”
An online petition to parliament calling for Netanyahu’s arrest on
arrival in Britain had attracted nearly 109,000 supporters by
In response to the petition, the government said Britain was a “close
friend of Israel” and Netanyahu enjoyed “complete immunity from
criminal jurisdiction” under diplomatic protocol.