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Merkel and Netanyahu discuss Mideast peace

The Local · 14 May 2011, 11:51

Published: 14 May 2011 11:51 GMT+02:00

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"Prime Minister Netanyahu and Chancellor Merkel ... discussed the practical relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority," a statement from Netanyahu's office said of the telephone conversation.

Last week, Netanyahu visited London and Paris in an effort to convince the British and French leaders not to support an expected Palestinian bid for United Nations endorsement of a unilateral declaration of statehood.

Merkel has already stated her opposition to such a move and has said she will not support a motion to that effect if it goes before the UN General Assembly in September.

As Netanyahu was holding talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris last Thursday, Merkel met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Berlin. Netanayhu's office said she briefed the Israeli premier on that meeting in their Friday phone conversation, but did not elaborate.

Next Friday Netanyahu is to meet US President Barack Obama at the White House and will address both houses of Congress on May 24.

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"Chancellor Merkel said that she looked forward to and appreciated the significance of the visit to Washington of Prime Minister Netanyahu next week and the speech to Congress the following week," the statement said.


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13:36 May 14, 2011 by Sastry.M
In my opinion Zionism as theorized and practiced in the U.S is alien to the Germans because people of both Christian and Jewish faith under German Federation ( Deutscher Bund) in general and Jewish Association (Judische Verein) in particular were never by their own initiation involved in the creation of Israel and conflict arising there from in Palestina. The German policy was and remained more judicious to sensitivities of Palestinians and Arabs of Islamic faith.The present Israeli leadership may do well to heed the German counsel eschewing threatening stance and so too the German politicians use diplomacy in bringing about amicable solutions in the complex issues of Palestina.
21:06 May 14, 2011 by karldehm
I don't understand why Germany or any other country would stand in the way of the Palestinians people trying to set up their own country. Just maybe, there is pressure from the US.

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict has been going on far too long. Until the supply of money from the US continues to flow into the Israeli coffers, there will not be a settlement.

The same bribes were paid to Mubarak in Egypt and the other US supported dictators in Arabian countries who people have or are in the process of throwing off their chains.

Thank God, the US is almost broke, so it will have to choose between its survival or continue propping up Israel.

It's time for Merkel to go. She has served Germany well, but enough is enough. We need someone at the helm who will lead us in a new direction. One that is first good for Germany. Next, that is good for Europe and last, one that might be good for Germany's former masters if we choose.
22:01 May 14, 2011 by Avidror
The problem is not American support towards Israel. The problem is the Arab and muslim refusal (except Egypt, Jordan and Turkey) to offically and firmly recognize Israel as a Jewish State.
00:45 May 15, 2011 by JPaul
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08:51 May 15, 2011 by StoutViking
Palestinians? What Palestinians? Ah, PalestiNARNIANS.

Please, there's no such nation and never has been. There were some Arabs living in the region, mostly migrant workers who came to work for the British colonialists, and they never called themselves "Palestinians", up until the 1960's or 1970's, simply because there was no such nation ever existing. "Palestinian" is an invention of the radical left, and probably the biggest hoax of the 20th century.

The real question that should be raised is why people are declared "refugees" for the past 60 years, and why didn't their Muslim brothers take responsibility for them all this time?

The truth is, the day Israel was founded the Arab leaders declared war on it, telling Arabs living within its borders to flee or be killed, with the promise they could return and "occupy the Jews houses". Well, joke's on them, now they're running around with 60 year old keys on ther necks, while other Arabs stayed put, after the Jews promised no harm will come to them, and my oh my, now they got citizenship, running water, education and healthcare, as well as social services (which they don't shy from grabbing), political representatives in the Israeli parliament and... More rights and benifits than they'd ever have in any Muslim country.

This entire Mid-Eastern conflict is someone having teeth teeth bleeding with jealousy, because they're poor, illiterate and oppressed by their own peole.

By the way, did you know that around the Arab world Israeli-Arabs are called "Cream-Arabs"? As in, pampered and spoiled?
09:10 May 15, 2011 by OkieinBerlin
Discussing peace with Nentanyahu -- is this possible?
09:52 May 15, 2011 by HANNIBAL-BARCA
The Israelis have no "god-given" claim to the land which they have stolen from it's original inhabitants. The Palestinians have been forced to form a formal de jure state recognized by the world if not the U.N. and some other U.S. lackeys such as Germany.

Further the so-called Zionist of Israel are Europeans and bare no genetic relationship to the first Semetic peoples who practised a foreign religion which became Judaism. The myth that Palestine was a wasteland prior to European domination only serves the grand design of the Eugenicist.

It's no surprise to see Merkel playing nice with the Grand Wizard Nentanyahu.
10:25 May 15, 2011 by StoutViking
^^ "no genetic relationship to the first Semitic people"? It's not that the NG's Genographic project says, as other genographic projects before and after it. They all find little assimilation, and even Jewish populations from North Africa and the Mid-East found to be unmistakably related to their European cousins, and that in spite of being apart for near 2 millenia.

*Just in... a terror Act in Tel-Aviv! An Arab truck driver went on a killing spree, killing one man and injuring 17.

Don't worry, soon enough Europe will have its own "Palestine", with immigrants claiming to be there before the Europeans and demanding a state within a state.

I agree on Netanyahu tho, he is full of donkey-doo.
13:35 May 15, 2011 by Avidror
@ OkieinBerlin

"Discussing peace with Nentanyahu -- is this possible?"

If Mahmoud Abbas refuses to accept Israel as a Jewish State in exchange of another Israeli moratorium in the construction of settlements as a previous step to resume negotiations, no, it's not possible. In fact, it happened before.
22:57 May 15, 2011 by JPaul
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