Netanyahu Meets with British PM, Calls on United Kingdom to Address "Iran's Aggression"

The Israeli prime minister told his British counterpart on Monday that she should follow the lead of Donald Trump, the U.S. president, who had imposed new sanctions on Iran after it test fired a ballistic missile late last month. That's why I welcome President Trump's insistence on new sanctions against Iran. "It seeks to conquer the Middle East; it threatens Europe; it threatens the West; it threatens the world", he said during a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London.

Speaking ahead of the visit the Labour leader said: "When Theresa May meets the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tomorrow, she has let it be known she will tell him that building settlements on occupied Palestinian land "undermines trust".

Over the weekend, the Trump administration announced new sanctions against several companies and individuals involved in Iran's ballistic missile program, saying he's putting Iran "on notice".

Netanyahu last week said that the Iranian issue will be at the top of his agenda when he meets Trump on February 15.

Before departing for London, Netanyahu said he wants to boosts relations with both the U.S. and the UK.

For her part, May is expected to criticize Israeli construction in the West Bank, according to the Jerusalem Post.

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"It was discussed at the United Nations and we made clear our position", the spokesperson said.

Although the meeting will be focused on the relationship between the two countries and bilateral matters of interest, the spokesman said the topic of peace in the middle east is likely to rise between the two leaders.

Netanyahu said Iran will also top next week's meetings in Washington with President Trump.

Netanyahu also assured May "that we share with you the desire for peace and this is our dream from day one". He planned to return to Israel in time to vote for the proposed legislation, he said.

British Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood warned on Wednesday that the plans made the two-state solution "much harder to achieve".

Yet although Trump talked tough, the sanctions appeared to be an extension of the Obama administration's restricted penalties for missile activity.

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