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(photo credit: GPO / Moshe Milner)
Israel and the United Kingdom both face the battle against savagery and terrorism at home and around the world, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday in a press conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague in Jerusalem.
The prime minister extended Israel's solidarity with the people of Britain, following the terror attack against a British soldier in London on Wednesday.
"We wish to send condolences to the family and to the people of Britain," Netanyahu stated. "We’ve experienced such horrors here, and we sympathize deeply."
Hague thanked Netanyahu for condolences expressed by himself and many other Israelis, and reiterated British Prime Minister David Cameron's words earlier in the day: "We will never give in to terror in the United Kingdom, and we know the importance of defeating terrorism."
"That is well understood here in Israel as well," Hague added.
The two were speaking ahead of a meeting, in which they planned to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat , the crisis in Syria and US Secretary of State' John Kerry's bid to renew Palestinian-Israel peace talks
In an interview with Channel 2 tv on Thursday Hague spoke about other regional topics including Syria and Iran.
Hague said in the interview that he was "troubled" by the very high death toll in Syria saying that the United Nations Security Council had failed in its efforts to stop the violence there. The British foreign minister pointed the finger at Russia and China who he said vetoed important UN Security Council resolutions on Syria which hampered the international community's from effective action.
On the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the international community to convince Iran to abandon its continued nuclear enrichment, Hague said that after the June Iranian elections is a crucial time for these negotiations saying "After the elections is the time we will find out if they [the Iranians] are serious about negotiations."