LIVE BLOG: British PM Cameron Addresses Israel's Knesset

Cameron: Israel’s place as a homeland for the Jewish people will not be challenged by boycotts; Netanyahu: It's time international pressure is also put on the Palestinians. Time is running out for them, too.

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David Cameron will be landing in Israel on Wednesday for the British prime minister's first visit since taking office in 2010.

According to the Guardian, Cameron, who will be addressing the Knesset in the afternoon, is expected to speak about how Israel and the Palestinians could benefit from a peace agreement.

He is also expected to drive home the point that time is running out to reach a two-state solution.

After a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu at 1:00 P.M. in Jerusalem, Cameron headed to the Knesset where he was scheduled to deliver an address at 2:30 P.M.


3:56 P.M.: Concluding his remarks to resounding applause, Cameron says Britain shares Israel's resolve to fight against extremist terror: No country knows more about the threat of terror than you do here in Israel... But we have also paid in the streets of London. Together we can come up with strong answers through international cooperation.

3:54 P.M.: Britain, says Cameron, will ensure that a nuclear armed Iran is not allowed to happen.

3:51 P.M.: The U.K., says Cameron, fully supports Kerry's efforts to forge a framework agreement towards a two-state solution: The possibilities of peace are extraordinary.

"Think of all the capitals in the Arab world that Israelis could travel to and do business in… Imagine a peace deal that would leave Israel more secure, not less secure ... Imagine the agreements that could be signed off with every major trade bloc in the world.

"This is not just about peace and prosperity, important as those are. This is about justice for the Jewish and Palestinian peoples.

"The sacrifices of the Jewish people were not merely to build a state for the Jewish people, but to build a moral state."

3:45 P.M.: Cameron lambasts Israel boycott attempts, many of which have originated in the U.K.: To those who want to boycott Israel, I have a clear message: whether it is trade unions campaiging for boycotts, or university students… Israel’s place as a homeland for the Jewish people will not be challenged by amateur politicians. Delegitimizing the state of Israel is wrong and together we will defeat it.

3:40 P.M.: Cameron reaffirms British commitment to Israel’s security: Looking right at the Jordan River I really appreciated for the first time just how vulnerable this land is, vulnerability that is already seen in missiles from Gaza, and which we saw again this week in a seized ship… These engaged me in a new understanding of what it must mean to be Israeli.

"I will always stand up for the rights of Israel to defend its citizens… My country is open to you, and you are welcome to visit any time.

"I have stood up to protect Jewish practices too. The Jewish community has been an absolute exemplar of integration in Great Britain in every way, but integration does not mean that you must give up what is most important to you.

"I am proud to be pursuing the strongest and deepest possible relationship between our two countries. From our trade, which has doubled in a decade, to the world leading partnerships between our scientists and business."

3:33 P.M.: Cameron takes stage.

3:28 P.M.: Finishing his speech, Herzog thanks Cameron for support against Iran, Israel-haters, calls for tightening of relations between U.K. and Israel: "Perhaps you can help teach us what true parliamentary democracy looks like." Knesset speaker sarcastically adds, "Welcome to Israeli domestic politics."

3:27 P.M.: On negotiations with the Palestinians:" PM needs strength and courage to say yes. If we don’t, our end is nigh."

Heckling from plenum as Herzog offers scathing critisim of Netanyahu's domestic policies.

3:23 P.M.: In combative speech, Herzog blasts recent Knesset moves: "In Britain, you have red lines, you have a saying: 'Its not done.' To my dismay, this week the Israeli parliament has crossed many red lines… There must be minimal respect for the opposition."

3:20 P.M. Herzog to Cameron: You’re seeing us at a very delicate moment and tumultuous week. Please accept what I have to say honestly and out of pain.

3:17. P.M.: Opposition leader Isaac Herzog takes stage. Opposition MKs re-enter the plenum and take their seats.

3:16: P.M.: Netanyahu finishes his speech. "I believe your support will assist us in reaching peace and developing peacefully."

3:12 P.M. It's time international pressure is also put on the Palestinians. Time is running out for them, too.

3:11 P.M. Netanyahu: Peace can provide great benefits for us and our neighbors. There must be a willingness in the Arab world to cooperate in many areas. But peace means getting rid of attempts to rewrite history. The Middle East is full of undemocratic nations, those who attack democratic Israel. Where else would you find the behavior we see here? [Israel] allows freedom of religion, defends itself against attacks that no other country has to deal with, including daily campaigns against Israel.

3:10 P.M. MK Issawi Freij (Meretz) yells out, "Enough with history. What do you have to say about the future?" before being removed from the Knessut plenum.

3:08 P.M. Netanyahu: This has nothing to do with narratives, there's one historical truth.

3:06 P.M. Lots of heckling in the Knesset. Netanyahu continues speaking over the sea of noise.

3:03 P.M. Netanyahu: The support of British was not colonial, as anti-Zionists say. The opposite is true - it was a recognition of Jewish claims. Due to Balfour Declaration Britain got the mandate and through it assisted in the construction of the Jewish home.

2:59 P.M. Netanyahu: In past weeks we have witnessed attempt to delegitimize Israel through boycott and people cooperating with anti-Semites. We have dealt with boycotts in past and will deal with this. It's storm in a glass of soda. But we can't exaggerate its effect. I call on Cameron to crack down on boycotters in his country.

2:56 P.M. Netanyahu: I want to note Britain's decisive role in the rise of Zionism.

2:55 P.M. Netanyahu begins his speech by praising Britain's contribution to mankind.

2:53 P.M. Members of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party leave Knesset plenum as Netanyahu takes the podium. "I thought they would do that," prime minister says as he starts his speech. Arab MKs are boycotting Netanyahu's speech and will enter the plenum to hear the speeches of Cameron and opposition leader Isaac Herzog.

2:30 P.M. Cameron enters Knesset and is introduced by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.

British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the Knesset, March 12, 2014.Credit: Knesset Spokesman
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with his British counterpart David Cameron at the Knesset, March 12, 2014.Credit: Haim Tzach / GPO

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