JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu left for a four-day visit to Europe on Monday afternoon, where he will meet with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell.
According to the Prime Minister's Office, Netanyahu will not agree with any restrictions of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, including construction in east Jerusalem or any other of the capital's neighborhoods.
With regard to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), the prime minister said he will seek assurances in the discussions that normal life for residents will continue.
Some Israelis have been disappointed with reports that Netanyahu yielded to U.S.-led pressure calling for a full freeze in Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, including normal growth.
Netanyahu also plans to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat and bilateral security issues with Brown, Merkel and Mitchell.
On Sunday, Netanyahu told Cabinet members that he expects talks with the Palestinians to resume at the end of September.