Lord Cameron will meet with Israeli leaders to discuss averting war with Iran

Lord Cameron has advised Israel to exercise caution and avoid actions that could further escalate tensions in the Middle East, in anticipation of upcoming discussions with PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel has expressed its determination to respond following Iran’s recent missile and drone attack over the weekend.

The UK foreign secretary plans to urge Israel to moderate its response, as there are concerns that it could escalate into a larger conflict.

He urged the Israeli government to demonstrate both intelligence and strength.

Addressing the press upon his arrival in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Lord Cameron expressed his purpose of being there as a gesture of solidarity following a heinous attack.

He added, “We have expressed our opinions on the matter, but it seems that the Israelis have made a firm decision to take action.”

“It would be ideal if they handle this situation in a manner that minimises any further escalation.” And in a manner that, as I mentioned yesterday, is intelligent and resilient.

“However, it is crucial to shift our attention towards Hamas, the hostages, delivering aid, and achieving a temporary ceasefire in Gaza.”

Later, Lord Cameron will attend a gathering of G7 ministers in Italy, where he will advocate for coordinated sanctions on Iran.

He has made strong allegations against Tehran, claiming that they are responsible for a significant amount of negative actions in the Middle East. He is urging other countries to take steps to limit Iran’s influence.

“The G7 should deliver a clear and unequivocal message,” Lord Cameron stated. “And I really hope that will happen during the meeting.”

There are discussions about potential additional sanctions by the US and European Union, while Israel is urging its allies to classify the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organisation. The IRGC holds significant influence in Iran, both in terms of its military capabilities and its involvement in politics and the economy.

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The Israeli government has made it clear that they will not let this attack go unanswered. Iran’s decision to launch over 300 drones and missiles directly at Israel is a serious provocation that will not be ignored.

The majority of the projectiles were successfully intercepted by Israel’s air defence systems, with assistance from the UK, US, France, and Jordan.

Iran launched a direct assault on Israel as a retaliatory measure for an attack in Syria on April 1st that resulted in the deaths of high-ranking Iranian military officials. There has been no public confirmation from Israel regarding its involvement in the attack, although it is widely speculated to be the case.

During a conversation with Mr. Netanyahu, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed concern about the potential consequences of a significant escalation in the region. He emphasised the importance of maintaining calm and level-headedness during this time.

Lord Cameron plans to support Mr Sunak’s plea for moderation during his trip to Israel, while also urging its leaders to increase efforts in facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza. However, he must navigate this diplomatic tightrope with caution.

The foreign secretary will be cautious in his approach towards an ally that has recently experienced a severe attack on its territory.

That is why Lord Cameron is also discussing the necessity of Hamas releasing hostages and emphasising the significance of western powers implementing additional sanctions on Iran.

His visit to Jerusalem is a clear display of support and solidarity, while also serving as a gentle reminder to Israeli leaders about the potential consequences of any major escalation.

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Lord Cameron is among a group of Western foreign ministers who plan to travel to Israel soon to personally deliver their message. He had a brief meeting with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock over breakfast on Wednesday.

The foreign secretary has a busy schedule ahead, with meetings lined up with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Foreign Affairs Minister Israel Katz, and Mohammad Mustafa, the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority.

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