British PM Cameron to address Knesset on March 12

Edelstein: Knesset is now central platform for world leaders to speak to Israel; UK leader to arrive to region after postponing trip.

March 3, 2014 17:34
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron. (photo credit: Reuters)

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to address the Knesset next Wednesday. He originally planned to come to Israel two weeks ago, but postponed the trip due to flooding in the UK.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein invited him to the Knesset last year, when the two met at South African president Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

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“I’m glad the leader of a big, important country like Great Britain will speak in the Knesset,” Edelstein stated. “I believe the visit will contribute to the friendship and relations between Britain and Israel.” Edelstein added: “I’m glad the Knesset is once again taking its place as the central platform for world leaders to speak to the Israeli people.”

In the past year, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Parliament President Martin Schulz gave speeches in the Knesset. Gordon Brown became the first UK prime minister to address the Knesset in 2008.

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