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Cameron in Israel to talk peace, Iran
Published Wednesday 12/03/2014 (updated) 14/03/2014 19:28
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British Prime Minister David Cameron outside 10 Downing Street
in central London, on February 27, 2014.(AFP/File Carl Court)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Israel on Wednesday for a two-day visit during which he will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders to discuss the peace talks and Iran.

It is Cameron's first official visit since the Conservative leader took over as premier in 2010.

After landing at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Cameron went straight to Jerusalem to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks focusing on "Iran's military nuclear program, the peace process and bilateral ties," an aide to the Israeli leader said.

On Thursday, he was to meet President Mahmoud Abbas in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, Palestinian officials said.

Cameron's visit comes as the US-led peace negotiations struggle to make headway before an April 29 deadline, with US Secretary of State John Kerry pushing both leaders to accept a framework proposal that would extend the talks to the year's end.

Ahead of his arrival, Downing Street said Cameron would focus on the opportunities that a peace agreement would bring.

"Secretary Kerry’s efforts to secure agreement on a negotiating framework that could lead to peace are entering a critical phase. And I’ll be using my visit to support those peace efforts," Cameron was quoted as saying before leaving London.

He said he would encourage both leaders "to take the final difficult steps towards peace" which could offer both sides a future that was both secure and prosperous.

But Netanyahu was expected to use the meeting to discuss Iran and was likely to show Cameron what he believes is proof of Iranian involvement in a weapons ship seized in the Red Sea last week which was allegedly being sent to Palestinian militants in Gaza, Israeli public radio said.

He was also to impress on Cameron on the need for Europe to push the Palestinians "to change their current behavior" in the peace talks, the Jerusalem Post newspaper said. Israel has blamed Palestinian "intransigence" for blocking progress in the negotiations.

During the afternoon, Cameron will address the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, before meeting with President Shimon Peres. He will also visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

Cameron and Netanyahu will hold a joint news conference at 1730 GMT after which they will dine together.

The British leader, who is accompanied by a delegation of business leaders, wants to use the visit to strengthen business ties with Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Downing Street said.

Cameron had been scheduled to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories in mid-February but stayed in London to deal with winter storms which battered the country.
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1 ) Peace, Statehood, And / Compromise
12/03/2014 16:31
Peave already exists between the two states of Israel and Britian, and
Peave will never exist between the one state of Israel and one authority of Palestine, because neither will ever want it badly enough to compromise !!!

2 ) Paul / Ut
12/03/2014 16:44
Your full of S**T Cameron, shame on you! Peace? All Israel was is to kill and murder Palestinians and steal there land and you are a poodle wagging your tail after the Zionists.

3 ) Lynx / Palestine
12/03/2014 17:28
Cameron should remember that Palestinians will never forgot the colonial, unjust Balfour Declaration, in which the British gave Palestinian lands to Zionists. Cameron the remnant of white supremacist colonists should pack his bags and not bother visiting Palestinians on his trip because Britain has not lifted a finger to stop the Zionist onslaught on Palestinians since 1948. They feel emboldened by the Europeans, who don't want their Jews back under any circumstance.

4 ) Anti-British-Regime / Palestine
12/03/2014 21:04
David Cameron is just another Zionist & war criminal like Tony Blair.
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