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UK's Cameron to visit Israel for 1st time

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In this image taken from video, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, centre, speaks during a debate on Syria, in Britain's parliament, London, Thursday August 29, 2013. (AP Photo / PA)
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LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister David Cameron plans to make his first visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories this week, a trip delayed by English floods.

Cameron's Downing Street office says the British leader will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and deliver a speech to Israel's parliament, the Knesset, on Wednesday.

He also is scheduled to meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas during his two-day trip.

Cameron last month canceled a planned visit to Israel because his government faced emergency flooding in parts of England.

His Middle East trip coincides with rising Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic tensions.

Last week, Abbas announced he would never recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Netanyahu's government says such recognition would demonstrate that Abbas' Fatah movement is serious about peace.

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