Netanyahu to Meet With British PM Theresa May in London on Monday

It will be their first summit since May took office in July, after her predecessor David Cameron stepped down over the results of the Brexit vote.

Prime Minister Theresa May.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to fly on Sunday to London for talks the following day with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

It will be their first summit since May took office in July after her predecessor David Cameron stepped down over the results of the Brexit vote held the previous month.

Netanyahu's talks with May would come two weeks after her meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and a week-and-a-half ahead of Netanyahu's scheduled talks with Trump.

A month ago Haaretz reported that the U.K. was a central and leading factor in formulating United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 regarding the settlements and in pushing for a vote.

Israeli and Western diplomats said then that British diplomats and legal experts worked with the Palestinians directly on the wording of the resolution even before Egypt circulated its  draft.

They said the British operated in secrecy and without notifying Israel. After Egypt reneged on its draft, the British approached New Zealand and encourage it to continue to push for a vote without Egypt's support.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson confirmed in Parliament three weeks ago that Britain had been deeply involved in formulating the resolution.

But ahead of Trump's inauguration Britain changed its public line on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. The British Prime Minister's bureau published a statement against former secretary of state John Kerry's statement, and severely criticized it.

Several days later Britain prevented the European Union Foreign Ministers' Council from adopting the statement issued at the conclusion of the Paris peace summit.

The British step was seen as most unusual, coming a day after the British refused to sign the summary statement in Paris. Johnson didn't participate in the Paris conference, nor did the British ambassador to France.

The British sent a low-level official to the conference to show their dissatisfaction with the French action. Afterwards the British Foreign Office published a statement objecting to the conference's results which they saw as liable to harden the Palestinian position in any future negotiations.

The British stressed that they objected to the conference because it was held in opposition to Israel's views and just a few days before a new U.S. president was being sworn in.