Cameron: UK to oppose all boycotts of Israel

Published March 13th, 2014 - 05:00 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron has given Israel a strong message of support, saying he will fight efforts to boycott Israeli goods if talks with Palestinian Authority fail.

In an address to the Israeli parliament on Wednesday, the first day of a visit to East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the British premier pledged "rock solid" support for Israel.

He promised to oppose any calls for boycott, whether economic, trade or academic, designed to isolate Israel.

Cameron held talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his arrival earlier Wednesday on the two-day visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories.

Israel has faced the widening boycott campaign by some European businesses over its illegal settlement activities on the occupied Palestinian land.

The boycotts are in protest to Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank. The plans are seen as one of the stumbling blocks to the so-called peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinian Authority, which were brokered by the United States.

The Palestinian Authority-Israeli negotiations, which resumed in July 2013, have failed to make much progress.

Palestinians demand that East al-Quds (Jerusalem) be their capital and that Israel recognize borders based on the 1967 lines, which existed before the Six-Day War, when Israel captured the West Bank and East al-Quds.

Tel Aviv refuses to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.

Israel also wants to keep its military presence in the Jordan Valley under any deal, but the Palestinians say an international force should be stationed there to guarantee security.

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