Daily Israel Report

Netanyahu Offers Cameron Assistance with Floods

PM Netanyahu speaks with British counterpart, offers assistance in dealing with the storms affecting Great Britain.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 2/14/2014, 2:45 AM

Netanyahu and Cameron
Netanyahu and Cameron
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on Thursday evening with British Prime Minister David Cameron and offered assistance in dealing with the storms affecting Great Britain.

The two agreed to coordinate a new date for Cameron's visit to Israel, which was due to take place next week but has been postponed because of the aforesaid storms.

Meanwhile, AFP reported that flood-hit Britain suffered a fresh battering Wednesday from storms and high winds that caused power outages to nearly 150,000 homes.

Gusts approaching 100 miles per hour tore at parts of England and Wales, and the River Thames was predicted to rise to its highest level in more than 60 years in places, threatening towns and villages to the west of London, the report said.

One man died after being electrocuted while attempting to move a fallen tree that had brought down power lines in Wiltshire, southwest England, and 147,000 homes, mostly in Wales, were left without power after high winds brought down power cables.

More than 1,100 properties along the Thames have been flooded since January 29, local authorities said.

Had Cameron’s visit materialized, it would have been his first visit to Israel since he was elected in 2010, although the Conservative leader did visit while he was in opposition.

Reports of Cameron’s visit first appeared in early January, when it was also reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Israel as well, part of an international push for Israel to sign a peace agreement with the PA.

Merkel’s visit has since been confirmed, and her spokesman announced that it will take place February 24 and 25.