Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday attacked an European Union resolution on labelling goods produced in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Before the journey of Netanyahu to Britain, protesters gathered outside Downing Street on Wednesday to protest against his visit, according to local media reports.
While the government refused to arrest Netanyahu, it did recognize the “terrible toll” of the “conflict” in Gaza a year ago and affirmed its commitment to encouraging negotiations.
“I think we’ve exhausted the subject of our differences of opinion, not on the question of the accord with Iran but on our relations with the worldwide community”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to arrive in London on Wednesday to meet with his British counterpart David Cameron as thousands took to the streets outside Downing Street to rally against his visit.
“However the prime minister was clear on the UK’s recognition of Israel’s right to take proportionate action to defend itself, within the boundaries of global humanitarian law“.
They want Netanyahu to be brought to justice for crimes committed during Israel’s deadly war on the Gaza Strip. The protests were countered by at least 100 pro-Israel supporters.
In a controversial analysis not expected to be toned down for his meeting with Mr Cameron, Mr Netanyahu said Europe and Israel were being jointly challenged by “violent Islam”. They’ll also discuss bilateral trade and other economic cooperation projects, according to the official, who wasn’t authorized to speak on record.
The petition, published on the UK Parliament website, demands the PM’s arrest upon arrival for “the massacre of over 2,000 civilians in 2014” and has amassed well over 100,000 signatures since it went live three weeks ago. The law was amended in 2011 following Israeli pressure.
But pro-Israeli demonstrators came out to oppose the demonstration and show their support for Netanyahu and Israel, saying they wanted to promote peace in the region.
The vote followed a call by 16 European countries in April, which urged EU officials to advance the labelling of the products in member countries originating from the settlements.