The Middle East is disintegrating in the face of extreme Shi'a radicalism embodied by Iran, and extreme Sunni extremism incarnated by Islamic State, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the outset of a meeting Thursday in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Netanyahu said that this – and how to “roll back the tide of militant Islam both in the Middle East and North Africa” – was one of three main issues he wanted to discuss with Cameron.
The second “no less important” issue, he said, was peace.
“I want to say here, at 10 Downing, that I am ready to resume direct negotiations with the Palestinians with no conditions whatsoever to entering negotiations, and I am willing to do it immediately.”
And the third issue he wanted to discuss with Cameron, Netanyahu said, had to do with technology. He said that Israel and Britain are both centers of technology, and could accomplish much in various technological fields by working closely together.
Netanyahu arrived in London on Wednesday for a two day visit which, so far, has been accompanied by some pro-Palestinian demonstrations
Cameron, in his remarks, said Britain "remains staunch in our defense of Israel's right to exist and to defend itself."
On Wednesday evening Netanyahu met with leaders of the Jewish community and told them not to apologize and to fight back when it comes to defending Israel.
“This is an important struggle for public opinion and it has to be done with determination while saying in a clear voice that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and is standing at the front in the struggle against radical Islam,” he said.