Fourth UK-Israel Strategic Dialogue
(November 1, 2012)
The United Kingdom and Israel held its fourth strategic
dialogue in the UK on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Foreign Office Permanent
Under-Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service Simon Fraser led
the team of UK government officials, while the Israeli team was headed
by Rafi Barak, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General.
“The strategic dialogue is a demonstration
of the strong partnership between the United Kingdom and Israel and
a chance to discuss numerous areas of shared concern and cooperation.
"Today we focused on regional questions, including
how to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons, and how to bring
an end to the bloodshed in Syria. We also looked at bilateral cooperation,
agreeing numerous steps to bolster our already strong relations in
areas like science and technology. And we discussed the Middle East
Peace Process, where our governments agree on the goal of a peace
based on the two state solution and on the security of Israel, but
where we disagree on issues like settlements and restrictions on Gaza.
"The Dialogue shows clearly that Britain and
Israel are - as the Foreign Secretary has said - strategic partners,
working together on many issues of shared concern, and talking constructively
on the areas of difference."
Sources: Anna Sheinman, "Fourth UK-Israel strategic
dialogue held in UK," The
Jewish Chronicle, November 5, 2012.