Cameron supports Israeli security, but is mum on unity deal

May 4, 2011 23:49

United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a commitment to Israeli security but did not promise to reject the Fatah-Hamas unity deal, when he began his meeting Wednesday night with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli leader entered the meeting at 10 Downing Street hoping to hear those words from Cameron. Netanyahu believes that a Palestinian government that is aligned with Hamas, an organization dedicated to Israel’s destruction, is a threat to Israel’s security.

But although Fatah and Hamas signed a unity agreement in Cairo on Wednesday, Cameron did not even mention it at the start of their meeting.

“Britain is a good friend of Israel and our support for Israel and Israel’s security is unshakable. We are strong friends of Israel,” he said.

“There is a real opportunity with the end of [Osama] bin Laden and the Arab spring. This a moment of opportunity to continue the work and to defeat terrorism in our world and to continue the expansion of democracy civil rights and freedom across the Middle East and north Africa,” Cameron said.

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