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UK's Cameron to make 1st trip to Israel, Palestinian territories this week; to address Knesset

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    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting of the Fatah revolutionary council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, March 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

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    An Israeli soldier stands guard while Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits a display of dozens of mortar shells and rockets after being seized from the Panama-flagged KLOS C civilian cargo ship that Israel intercepted last Wednesday off the coast of Sudan, at a military port in the Red Sea city of Eilat, southern Israel, Monday, March 10, 2014. Israel has alleged the shipment was orchestrated by Iran and was intended for Islamic militants in Gaza, a claim denied by Iran and the rockets' purported recipients. Questions remain, including how the rockets would have been smuggled into Gaza, largely cut off from the world by a border blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) (The Associated Press)

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.