Netanyahu, British PM Theresa May to meet in London next week


British Prime Minister Theresa May. Credit: Controller of Her Majesty's Stationary Office.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Prime Minister Theresa May are scheduled to meet in London next week, officials confirmed Wednesday.

The first-ever meeting between the two leaders is expected to take place Monday, ahead of Netanyahu's meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump Feb. 15.

While the United Kingdom supported United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which denounced the Israeli settlement enterprise, May seems to have aligned her government with the Trump administration's tone on the issue.

In late 2016, the British prime minister leveled harsh criticism at then-Secretary of State John Kerry over his "Middle East vision" speech, scolding him for describing the Israeli government as "the most right-wing in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by its most extreme elements."

"We do not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally,” May’s office had said. “The [British] government believes that [Israeli-Palestinian] negotiations will only succeed when they are conducted between the two parties, supported by the international community."

Posted on February 2, 2017 .