Israeli President Herzog to Meet Boris Johnson, Prince Charles in U.K. Visit

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog at the 2021 Israel Democracy Conference
Israeli President Isaac Herzog at the 2021 Israel Democracy ConferenceCredit: Hadas Parush

Israeli President Isaac Herzog flew to the United Kingdom on Sunday for an official visit where he is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other top officials to discuss Iran and encourage political moderation.

The three-day visit will include official meetings with U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Prince Charles of Wales, Jewish community leaders and members of parliament.

Ahead of his visit, Herzog published a column in the British newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, urging increased dialogue between Israel and the U.K. and calling for more aggressive action against the threat of Iran's nuclear weapons program.

"Iran does not want dialogue," he wrote in the column. "It is exploiting the world's willingness to negotiate to buy time. Israel cannot allow the fundamentalists of Tehran to acquire a nuclear bomb. The moderate nations of the Middle East need their allies, including Britain, to engage them in an urgent dialogue on how to stop Iran instead of wasting time on its games," he said.

Herzog pointed to the Abraham Accords and to the establishment of the current Israeli government, which ended a two-year political crisis, as evidence of the importance of pragmatism and dialogue in solving political challenges.

The recent Israeli government's formation, under which "parties from opposite ends of the spectrum came together in a desire to return the country to normalcy" evidences the resilience of democracy in Israel, Herzog wrote.

Herzog will also attend a special Genesis Prize Foundation event paying tribute to the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks one year after his death.

After landing in the U.K. Herzog was updated about the terror attack which took place Sunday in Jerusalem. The president took to twitter to express condolences to the victim's family and said: "the fact that the attacker came from the political wing of Hamas compels the international community to recognize Hamas as a terror organization."

Last week the U.K. officially designated Hamas as a terror organization.

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