British PM Backs Israel in Knesset Speech

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In a first-ever address by a British prime minister to the Israeli Knesset (parliament), PM Gordon Brown condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's call for the destruction of the Jewish state.

"[It is] totally abhorrent for the president of Iran to call for Israel to be wiped from the map," Brown said.

"Iran has a clear choice to make: suspend its nuclear weapons program and accept our offer [of economic and diplomatic incentives] or face isolation…not just by one nation, [but] by all nations around the world," he said.

Brown called accomplishments by the modern State of Israel in its first 60 years evidence of the nation's "boundless capacity of mind and spirit."

"No other country has accomplished so much in such a short time," Brown said.

Britain's prime minister also said his government opposes calls to boycott Israel.

"The British government will stand full square against any boycotts of Israel or Israeli academic institutions," he said.

On Sunday, Brown laid a wreath at Jerusalem's Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial.

He also traveled to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, where he discussed plans to bolster the PA economy.

Britain supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Source: Haaretz

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