British Prime Minister David Cameron will travel to the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Thursday on the second and final day of his visit to Israel, where he will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
The two are expected to discuss the state of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Cameron was also scheduled to meet with former British premier Tony Blair, who now serves as envoy for the Middle East Quartet in the region.
On Wednesday Cameron addressed the Knesset, where he vowed support for the Jewish state, calling his belief in Israel “unbreakable” and his commitment to its security “rock-solid.” He also promised his support in combating international attempts to boycott and sanction Israel.
Painting a picture of a vibrant and open Middle East after a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, Cameron said he understood Israeli security concerns, and backed Jerusalem’s right to defend itself.
During the day Cameron met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.
After Gaza terrorists launched a barrage of rockets into Israeli territory while he was in Jerusalem, Cameron condemned the attacks and called them barbaric.
“Let me be absolutely clear about these attacks from Gaza, we condemn them completely,” Cameron said. “They are a reminder once again of the importance of maintaining and securing Israel’s future and the security threats you face, and you have Britain’s support in facing those security threats.”
The British leader, who is accompanied by a delegation of business leaders, wants to use the visit to strengthen business ties with Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Downing Street said.
“Our tech partnership is the strongest of any in the world and we should capitalize on this — creating more jobs back in Britain and delivering economic security for hard-working families,” Cameron said before leaving London.
Lazar Berman and Adiv Sterman contributed to this report.