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The protestors were kept well away, but their chanting against the Israeli prime minister was audible outside Downing street.

Benjamin Netanyahu has begun a European visit by stopping off in London for talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the US’s middle east envoy George Mitchell. Netanyahu has again been defending Israeli settler’s rights, insisting they are improving, not expanding their territory. “We have about a quarter of a million such people (settlers). They lead lives. They have children they have to go to school. They need classrooms, they need kindergartens. They need to have a place to house the families. This is very different from grabbing land and I’ve made it very clear we’re not going to build new settlements or expropriate additional land for existing ones,” he said. Netanyahu says he thinks peace talks with the Palestinians could resume as early as September, with his office hinting at a possible Netanyahu- Mahmoud Abbas meeting in Washington with President Obama.