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UK's May to reiterate settlements breach of trust to Netanyahu

07 February 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will emphasize the need for a united worldwide response to Iran's ballistic missile tests when he meets with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday, just days ahead of his White House visit with President Donald Trump.

Departing for London on Sunday, Netanyahu stressed that the danger of Iran, which recently conducted ballistic missile test firings in violation of us sanctions, would be at the forefront of his discussion with May.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman said on Monday that May would tell Netanyahu how continued settlement activity undermines trust in the region. "It is making one provocation after another and this is why I welcome Trump's insistence on sanctions and I expect other nations to do the same".

"And I'd like to talk to you on how we can ensure that Iran's aggression does not go unanswered".

Before going into No 10, Netanyahu took the rare step of using the traditional "warm words" in front of the cameras to make clear that he wants Britain to take action against Iran.

Netanyahu's diplomatic visit to the United Kingdom comes a little over a week before he is scheduled to meet with US President Donald Trump in Washington on February 15.

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During remarks in London prior to his meeting with May, Netanyahu said Israel faces challenges from "militant Islam" and from Iran.

Israel's supreme court occasionally orders the government to demolish Jewish settlements if they were built illegally. Israel has approved thousands of new homes for illegal settlers on Palestinian land since the inauguration of Trump in the US.

"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".

"I intend to speak with both of them about tightening relations, between each side and Israel and trilaterally".

Minutes before the meeting, May's spokesman told the British press that the prime minister plans to tell Netanyahu she opposes settlement activity in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem.