British PM Brown:
July 21, 2008, 6:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
In the first address to the Knesset by a British prime minister, Gordon Brown said Monday, July 21:
The UK, EU and US will work together to prevent Iran’s nuclear weapons program, he said.
The British prime minister went on to say: “It is totally abhorrent for the Iranian president to say Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth. We condemn anti-Semitism and persecution in all its forms. Gordon Brown pledged that his government would “stand foursquare” against any boycott of Israel and Israeli academics.
Brown's spokesman said the premier did not rule out "extended sanctions in some form on the oil and gas sector" in Iran, OPEC's number two producer.
The UK has already proposed sanctions designed to effect Iran's oil production, including refusing to supply spare parts to the Islamic Republic.
Praising Israel’s stunning achievements in 60 years, he said: “We want a state of Palestine that accepts Israel as a friend and neighbor.”
Lasting peace, he said, depended on the Palestinians stamping out "terrorists" and "Israel freezing, and withdrawing from, settlements"."
PM Brown ended his two-day visit to Israel Monday afternoon after top level talks on UK-Israeli cooperation in the business, economic, scientific and education sectors.