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Israeli PM Netanyahu urges all ‘responsible nations’ to sanction Iran, during protest-hit UK visit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged all “responsible nations” to back fresh sanctions against Iran, during a visit to his British counterpart in London which was met by protests.

Netanyahu met with UK Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street, where they discussed Iran’s recent ballistic missile test.

In an unusual move, Netanyahu addressed May as the two sat before cameras and said Iran’s aggression cannot go unanswered.

In an unusual move, Netanyahu addressed May as the two sat before cameras and said Iran’s aggression cannot go unanswered.

“We face challenges, that's very clear, from militant Islam and especially from Iran,” he said.

"Iran seeks to annihilate Israel, it seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the world. And it offers provocation after provocation.

"That's why I welcome (US) President Trump's assistance of new sanctions against Iran, I think other nations should follow suit, certainly responsible nations.

"And I'd like to talk to you about how we can ensure that Iran's aggression does not go unanswered.”

Netanyanhu's visit was met with both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine demonstrations.

A Facebook page advertising a pro-Palestine event claimed to have support from several activist organizations, including Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, War on Want and the Muslim Association of Britain.

Some 268 people confirmeded they will attend, according to the page.

Before flying to Britain, Netanyahu said he wants to “tighten” relations with the UK in the face of the “extraordinary aggression” from Iran after the Islamic Republic tested a ballistic missile over the weekend. Tehran denies the test was in breach of the 2015 nuclear deal.

“We are in a period of diplomatic opportunities and challenges. The opportunities stem from the fact that there is a new administration in Washington, and a new government in Britain,” Netanyahu said.

Israel shells Hamas post in Gaza after rocket attack
New China

JERUSALEM, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Israel on Monday struck with artillery the northern Gaza Strip, demolishing a Hamas post which was used earlier for firing a rocket towards Israel's territory, a military spokesperson said.

The rocket landed in an open field, causing no injuries or damages, Israeli authorities said.

In response, an Israel Defense Forces tank targeted a Hamas post in the northern Gaza Strip, the spokesperson said in a statement.

Palestinian media reported that two bombings hit the Beit Lahia area, causing no injuries.

It was the first time that rockets were fired from the besieged Palestinian enclave since October, according to a recent report by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Information Center, an Israel-based research center with close ties to Israel's intelligence arms.

The Center's 2016 report shows that over the past year, rocket attacks by Gaza militants were at their lowest point in 11 years.

Israel's last full-blown military campaign in Gaza ended in July 2014 after 51 days of war. Since then, sporadic fire incidents occur on both sides of the border but have never evolved into a full-blown war.

Netanyahu Asks Rabbis to Pray for Trump
Israel Today

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the leaders of one of Israel’s most influential ultra-Orthodox Jewish sects last week, and asked them to pray for the success of US President Donald Trump.

Netanyahu was paying his condolences to Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach, head of the Belzer community, following his mother’s death.

Rokeach blessed Netanyahu, saying that “it’s been years since we last had a prime minister who knew how to stand up to the world like you. It’s all in the hands of Heaven.”

The ultra-Orthodox news portal B’Hadrei Haredim reported that the prime minister then asked Rokeach to keep President Trump in his prayers.

“We had a big miracle that we’re over a difficult time in the US,” Netanyahu reportedly said. “Now a new president has been elected and we should pray that he will be good for the Jews and for Israel.”
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