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Cameron's Israel Visit is On, Despite Foreign Ministry Strike

Officials confirm that British Prime Minister will visit Israel this week, where he will meet Netanyahu and address the Knesset.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 3/11/2014, 3:46 AM

Cameron and Netanyahu (archive)
Cameron and Netanyahu (archive)
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Officials confirmed on Monday that British Prime Minister David Cameron will make the first visit of his premiership to Israel this week, reported AFP.

Cameron will travel to Israel on Wednesday, where he will hold talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and deliver a keynote speech before the Knesset.

He will also visit the Palestinian Authority (PA) and discuss the peace process with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas during his two-day trip.

The British government has not released any further details of the visit, but the Knesset said in a statement last week that Cameron's address is due to take place on Wednesday.

It will be Cameron's first visit to Israel since he was elected to power in 2010, though the Conservative leader did visit while he was in opposition.

Cameron had been scheduled to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority on February 18 and 19 but stayed at home to deal with the devastating floods. Prior to Cameron’s first scheduled visit, it was reported that he had accepted the invitation of Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to address the Knesset during his visit.

On Sunday there was speculation that Cameron’s visit, as well as the planned visit in May of Pope Francis, might be postponed due to a strike by workers at the Israeli foreign ministry.