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March 12, 2014 1:27 pm

At Knesset, British PM David Cameron Calls Boycotts of Israel ‘Abhorrent’

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British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the Knesset on Wednesday. Photo: British Prime Minister's Office via Twitter.

JNS.orgBritish Prime Minister David Cameron, in his first visit to Israel since taking office in 2010, stressed to Israeli leaders during a speech to the Knesset that his country fully backs Israel’s efforts for peace and security, while promising to defeat attempts to isolate and delegitimize the state of Israel.

“Let me say to you very clearly: with me, you have a British prime minister whose belief in Israel is unbreakable and whose commitment to Israel’s security will always be rock solid,” Cameron said.

Cameron also urged Israel to adopt a two-state solution, highlighting the potential gains a peace deal would offer.

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“Imagine what this land would be like if a two-state solution was actually achieved,” he said. “Think of all the aspects of life that would change. … Israel’s relationships with the world. Its security, its long-term prosperity, and the quality of life for all its people.”

The British leader called efforts to boycott Israel “abhorrent” and promised to work together with Israel to defeat them.

“Britain opposes boycotts,” Cameron said. “Delegitimizing the state of Israel is wrong. It’s abhorrent. And together we will defeat it.”

Cameron said he shares Israel’s “deep skepticism” of Iran.

“A nuclear-armed Iran is a threat to the whole world… Britain will ensure that is never allowed to happen,” he said.

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