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Meeting British PM, Herzog urges tough response to Iran

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) shakes hands with Israeli President Isaac Herzog ahead of talks inside Number 10 Downing Street in central London on November 23, 2021 during the Israeli president's three-day visit. (JUSTIN TALLIS / POOL / AFP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) shakes hands with Israeli President Isaac Herzog ahead of talks inside Number 10 Downing Street in central London on November 23, 2021 during the Israeli president's three-day visit. (JUSTIN TALLIS / POOL / AFP)

President Isaac Herzog meets British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London.

According to his office, Herzog presses Johnson to be tough on Iran to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Herzog says Israel is “looking forward for our allies in the P5+1 to be as tough as possible because we do not believe that they are operating in a bona fide manner, and only if all options are on the table may things move in the right direction.”

The president also thanks Johnson for outlawing Hamas’ political wing, in addition to its military branch.

In response, Johnson says: “I want to echo quite strongly those points and first of all on Hamas, I think it is the right decision, it was a difficult and controversial decision but  I think the right thing, and by the way a decision that I think was almost immediately vindicated by the appalling incident that we saw in Israel. Terrible, terrible thing.” He is referring to a deadly shooting attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday by a Hamas member.

“And your point about Iran is also well-made, and we see a situation in which the world doesn’t have much time,” adds Johnson.

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