Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Great Britain to celebrate the centennial of the Balfour Declaration, England's 1917 approval of a Jewish state in the Holy Land. As The Jerusalem Post's Tovah Lazaroff reports, Netanyahu lamented to his English counterpart the lack of Palestinian acceptance of the same, all these years later:
“One hundreds years after Balfour, the Palestinians should finally accept a Jewish national home and finally accept a Jewish state. When they do, the road to peace will be closer and, in my opinion, peace will be achievable,” said Netanyahu.
Flanked by Israeli and British flags, the two leaders spoke a few public words to the camera, before heading into a private meeting.
May told Netanyahu that her country was proud of the role it played in establishing the State of Israel. It has related to the Balfour Declaration’s anniversary “with respect and pride,” she said...
The two leaders also spoke of the strong ties and shared values between the two countries.
“Our two democracies, Israel and Britain, are strong allies and partners," Netanyahu said. "We cooperate closely on intelligence and the battle against terrorism. We have saved through this cooperation countless lives, British lives and Israeli lives. We cooperate in cyber security and in technology and business and enterprise. We share the values of freedom and democracy and peace."