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Cameron to London Jews: Not time for Israel to attack Iran

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October 16, 2012 | 10:18 am

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron in Birmingham, England, on Oct. 10. Photo by REUTERS/Darren Staples

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron in Birmingham, England, on Oct. 10. Photo by REUTERS/Darren Staples

British Prime Minister David Cameron told members of London's Jewish community that Israel should give sanctions more time to work.

“I have said to Prime Minister Netanyahu that now is not the time for Israel to resort to military action," Cameron said Monday night at the United Jewish Israel Appeal annual fundraising dinner in London.

But, Cameron told the crowd of  700 Jewish community leaders and supporters, “In the long term, if Iran makes the wrong choice, nothing is off the table. A nuclear-armed Iran is a threat to Israel. And a threat to the world.

"And this country will work unwaveringly to prevent that from happening,” the British leader pledged.

The European Union Foreign Affairs Council on Monday adopted new economic sanctions against Iran that hit its banking, shipping and industrial areas.

Last month, Netanyahu warned the United Nations General Assembly that Iran is close to acquiring enough enriched uranium to build a nuclear bomb.

Cameron also praised Britain's ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, who traveled from Israel to attend the event, the London Jewish Chronicle reported.

"There is no contradiction between being a proud Jew, a committed Zionist and a loyal British citizen," he said, reportedly responding to criticism that Gould has "dual loyalties," according to the newspaper.

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