(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert updated British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday (6 June 2007) about the postponement of his planned meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which was due to have taken place Thursday afternoon, and said that it was the Palestinians who asked to postpone the meeting for their own reasons.  The two men discussed ways to continue promoting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Olmert told his British counterpart that throughout the latter’s tenure, he has shown himself to be a true friend of the State of Israel and invited him to visit Israel again.  UK Prime Minister Blair thanked Prime Minister Olmert for the warm remarks.

British Prime Minister Blair condemned calls for an academic boycott of Israel and said that such calls represent neither British public opinion nor the position of British universities.