This round of diplomatic meetings is Netanyahu’s first with European leaders since the US pulled out of the nuclear deal with Iran last month.


Netanyahu Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash 90

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will head to Europe on Monday to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat and Tehran’s aggression in the region with leaders. Netanyahu’s trip includes stops in Berlin, Paris and London.

The first leader he will meet with is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Tuesday will be reserved for French President Emmanuel Macron. While in Paris, Netanyahu will attend an official event celebrating 70 years of Israeli independence. In a statement released on Sunday, Netanyahu’s office added that the prime minister will also attend an economic event at the invitation of French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.

After France, Netanyahu will travel to London, where he will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Wednesday.

This round of diplomatic meetings will be the first for Netanyahu with European leaders since the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran. Netanyahu was a firm supporter of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal, a move that was condemned by the UK, France and Germany.

As JOL reported last month, Trump’s strong bond with Israel and his decisions that are widely viewed as aligned with Netanyahu’s stances are taking their toll on Israeli-European relations as leaders are now being pressured more than ever to take a tougher stance on Israel.