German Deputy Chancellor and Foreign Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel visited the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
Gabriel received a comprehensive review of the threats and opportunities on the various fronts from the Institute’s experts, headed by Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, and presented the positions of Germany on how to make progress vis-a-vis the Palestinian Authority (PA). Gabriel also wanted to hear from experts at the Institute about ways to make such progress.
“There is a mistaken understanding that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, all the problems in the region will be resolved. This is a mistake. The problems in Syria, Iraq, terrorism – will remain here. We know that,” he said.
At the same time, Gabriel stressed, “We must restore trust between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel needs international support to advance the diplomatic process. The international community has an important role in bringing the Palestinians to the negotiating table, but it also depends on Israel’s strategy and its commitment to the two-state vision.”
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