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Merkel slams Netanyahu for stalled peace talks

The Local · 25 Feb 2011, 14:05

Published: 25 Feb 2011 14:05 GMT+01:00

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Citing German sources, the Israeli daily Haaretzreported on Friday that Merkel responded furiously when Netanyahu criticised Germany for supporting a Palestinian-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution against Israeli settlement construction.

"How dare you?" Merkel told Netanyahu, according to the newspaper. "You are the one who disappointed us. You haven't made a single step to advance peace."

Haaretz said Netanyahu tried to placate the German leader by pledging that he planned to launch a new peace plan "in two to three weeks."

A spokesman for Netanyahu's office declined to offer comment on the story.

Steffen Seibert, Merkel's spokesman, confirmed the call took place, but denied the tone was heated.

"The tone that the Israeli paper reported, from sources of which I am not aware, was certainly not the tone that the chancellor took," Seibert told a regular briefing.

He added that Merkel had frequently and publicly criticised the stalemate in the Middle East peace process - including during a recent trip to Israel - and that this topic had been a "significant" part of the conversation.

Haaretz said sources in Netanyahu's office confirmed he was looking for a

way to "jumpstart" the peace process, but other sources said the Israeli leader would not offer any peace plan outside of new talks with the Palestinians.

The newspaper said Netanyahu was considering offering an interim peace deal that would establish a state on around 50 percent of the West Bank, a proposal supported by Israel's ultra-nationalist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The Palestinians have said they will not accept any deal that gives them only temporary statehood and want a negotiated agreement that tackles issues including the right of return of Palestinian refugees and Jerusalem.

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In September 2010, Israel and the Palestinians met for their first direct talks in nearly two years. But the negotiations quickly ground to a halt when a 10-month Israeli moratorium on settlement construction expired.

Netanyahu declined to renew the building ban and the Palestinians say they will not negotiate while Israel builds on land they want for their future state.

A Palestinian-drafted Security Council resolution condemning the continued settlement construction, which garnered support from 14 of the council's 15 members, was vetoed by the United States earlier this month.


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17:34 February 25, 2011 by Anton Grambihler
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17:42 February 25, 2011 by idiot
/me slaps Robert J. Stevens with a big large oil pump
18:29 February 25, 2011 by Relaxed
About time someone told Isreal to start being realistic and I am glad that it has been Germany which has done so. I think Germany has often been too afraid of its past to critisize Israels activities against the Palastinians.
18:50 February 25, 2011 by couchtripper
The government of every country which considers itself civilised should be condemning the entire Israeli state. There's no justification for the hatred perpetuated by 'the only democracy in the Middle East'
19:10 February 25, 2011 by Curmudgeon
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19:21 February 25, 2011 by Anton Grambihler
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20:42 February 25, 2011 by DrGideonPolya
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21:56 February 25, 2011 by Logic Guy
Well, I do agree that Israelis and Palestinians should finally be realistic about solving their differences. Both sides will have to concede something. This is the reality they must accept.

I personally believe there is a rather simple solution to the problems there.

Of the many ideas and concepts being considered, perhaps the very best thing would be for both Israelis and Palestinians claim the land they are "Presently" on as their nation. Jerusalem would remain the capital of Israel. Both groups of people would control and manage their own nation, without being influenced by the other.

Any other equation from the one described above is impossible.

The problems would simply continue on forever. Therefore, they may as well go ahead and "Do as they should." (Real Conservatism)
02:00 February 26, 2011 by DOZ
Wow, now Merkel is giving Canada ammunition to Call Germany Anti-Semetic.
02:33 February 26, 2011 by Alofat
@DOZ: What are you rambling on aboot?
11:29 February 26, 2011 by Johnny Cash
Go further Angie. Tell them if they don't get real then the money stops coming. That will get their attention. Nice bit on that haircut Guttengerg Mr editor.
14:59 February 26, 2011 by Anton Grambihler
Subject: Israel must be Held Accountable

Israel must be held accountable for its ILLEGAL (YES, ILLEGAL!) occupation of Gentile Lands.

Everyone must be treated the same under International Law, National Laws, and Local Laws, NO EXCEPTIONS!
15:28 February 26, 2011 by Bruno53
Somebody should tell Frau Merkel the Middle East has been "stalled for peace" for 63 years. Mr Netanyahu is just doing what is "natural" there. And I doubt Mr. Netanyahu will pay attention to a German for "obvious reason". But Israelis NEVER pay attention to anybody. Not even themselves.
15:48 February 26, 2011 by Anton Grambihler
Subject: Jerusalem

According to the UN Resolution which authorized the division of the British Mandate of Palestine, Jerusalem is International property and belongs to all the people of the world.

The solution to the current problem is for all parties to abide by this UN Resolution.

Everyone must be treated the same under International Law, National Laws, and Local Laws, NO EXCEPTIONS!
19:15 February 26, 2011 by Beachrider
The 1947 UN Resolution 181 happened before several major military clashes. I don't know why anyone would expect those clashes to not-change expectations. There are certainly changes that need to happen before a permanent peace would be at hand. Some of those are certainly on Israel's side.
19:18 February 26, 2011 by michael4096
Why should Israel change? It collects a nice chunk of change every year for being the way it is. And, if anyone dares complain its friends will just veto the UN resolutions again
16:35 February 27, 2011 by Anton Grambihler
Subject: USS Liberty

Why does the United States not defend itself when attacked by Israel?

Everyone must be treated the same under International Law, National Laws, and Local Laws, NO EXCEPTIONS!
20:32 February 27, 2011 by Beachrider
WOW after citing a 1947 UN resolution, now someone wants to cite a tragic 1967 IFF failure during the 6-day war. I suspect that this blog is being push-polled by someone with an anti-Israeli bent.

This kind of false chatter is just SO obtuse.
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