Senior German officials have accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of distorting German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s positions on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, newspaper Die Welt reported on Sunday. The report emphasized that German officials “were surprised by what he said.”
Two weeks ago, Netanyahu and Merkel met in Berlin to discuss a number of issues. At the conclusion of their meeting, the two leaders held a press conference, in which Merkel commented on the two-state solution.
“The EU and Germany are aware of the terror threat Israel faces,” said Merkel. “But we believe that advancing the peace process based on the two-state solution is important. We believe that progress towards coexistence, based on the two-state solution, is possible. Of course, this is not the time for a comprehensive solution, but progress and improvements in specific areas can be achieved.”