Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his British counterpart that the Palestinians must “accept a Jewish national home,” borrowing the phrase from the Balfour Declaration.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday met with his British counterpart Theresa May in London to mark the centennial of the Balfour Declaration.

Netanyahu said the event is of great historical importance to Israel, the UK and the world, adding that the 1917 declaration “helped pave the way for the re-establishment of an independent state for the Jewish people in our ancestral homeland.”

“A hundred years later, our two countries, our two democracies … are strong allies and partners,” he said. “We cooperate closely on intelligence, on the battle against terrorism … on cyber security, in technology, in business, in enterprise.”

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Addressing the Palestinian issue, Netanyahu said the Palestinians “should finally accept a Jewish national home … and when they do, the road to peace will be infinitely closer.”

Moving on to broader regional threats, Netanyahu said his goal regarding the Iranian nuclear deal is “not keeping or eliminating” it but “improving the deal and correcting its main flaws.”