• Germany's news in English

Westerwelle repeats call for Mideast peace

The Local · 27 Sep 2011, 08:25

Published: 27 Sep 2011 08:25 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Westerwelle appealed to the Israelis and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table.

The foreign minister criticized both Israel and the Palestinian Authority for last week's row over Palestine's bid for statehood at the UN. But he said Germany only supported the establishment of a Palestinian state after a negotiated settlement, taking the same line as Israel and the US.

"I don't want to leave any doubt here: the safety of Israel is a national interest for Germany," Westerwelle told the UN General Assembly.

"There will be no lasting peace without safety for Israel," he added. "Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians are possible; a Palestinian state is possible; two countries standing side-by-side in peace is possible. But we can only get there through negotiations."

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday pressed Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas to accept a Middle East Quartet proposal to open negotiations with Israel to resolve the conflict by the end of next year.

Merkel "spoke by telephone with Abbas, insisting on opening negotiations with Israel on the basis of the Quartet's proposal," a spokesman for the German leader said.

Westerwelle was speaking as the Security Council began debating an application for full UN membership handed in by Abbas last Friday.

Story continues below…

Germany has a non-permanent seat on the Security Council, and therefore a vote in the debate, but Westerwelle did not explicitly say which way Berlin would vote. The United States has already said it would veto any vote. The deliberations are expected to take several months.

The Local/bk

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

12:47 September 27, 2011 by jmclewis
So the Germany's Gay Foreign Minister is telling the leaders of the Middle East what to do; it is good they Minister is not a woman they would never listen to this. I am certain now that peace will happen in seven days.
13:17 September 27, 2011 by arbeitsbiene3
Not a big surprise the government of Germany opposes the Palestinian statehood bid.

Minister Guido Westerwelles statements and the German government policy regarding the Palestinians and Israeli never ending cycle of violence and hatred of each other will never improve, as long as Europe and the US governments continue their double standard support for most of the Israeli policies in Palestine.

What was missing from Mr. Obama¦#39;s speech at the UN this year is the plight of Palestine and Palestinians. No mention about Israeli occupation, the ghetto settlements, land annexation and the building of illegal settlements in Palestine.

Quoting, Mr. Obama did mention on behalf Israel.

America's commitment to Israel's security is unshakeable, and our friendship with Israel is deep and enduring. And so we believe that any lasting peace must acknowledge the very real security concerns that Israel faces every single day. Let's be honest: Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it. Israel's citizens have been killed by rockets fired at their houses and suicide bombs on their buses. Israel's children come of age knowing that throughout the region, other children are taught to hate them. Israel, a small country of less than eight million people, looks out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off of the map. The Jewish people carry the burden of centuries of exile, persecution, and the fresh memory of knowing that six million people were killed simply because of who they were.

Not sure why Mr. Netanyahu is so outraged by the recent remark by Turkish premier Erdogan when he accused Israel of using the genocide of the Nazi Holocaust to perpetuate the idea that they are the victims all the time.

Publicly there are few individuals or Governments willing to criticize the Israeli government that are not beholden to European and US interests. The British, Americans, French and Germans own some of the worlds largest media-print and entertainment corporations.

At the UN, the Israeli government is the Golden Child and has an automatic take no responsibility for illegal actions resolution veto card.
14:39 September 27, 2011 by freechoice
i dunno about you, but if Israel is really God's promise to the Jewish people. you wouldn't want to see Him mad when an Arab state is carved out of the Israel is becoming more of a reality.
16:09 September 27, 2011 by Sastry.M
Since the British championed the cause of Israeli statehood in Biblical Palastina,the Jewish people of Europe should have been granted asylum in Northern British islands before reaching agreement with Palestinians for a peaceful transfer to nativity.
23:27 September 27, 2011 by Englishted

Many of them were to escape Nazism.
06:48 September 28, 2011 by thejohnmunich
Mr GAY, pls step down and mind your FDP popularity, You are dragging you party down. On one hand, your member trying to fan off fire and you are trying to create fire...
12:14 September 28, 2011 by Sastry.M

Yes, it was so. But I still consider the spread of Nazism , in the aftermath of ww1, partly to the failure of the powerful German Jewish Association (DJV) in support of their German national interests, holding out against pressures from the West across the Atlantic while negotiating Versailles.
12:26 September 28, 2011 by Englishted

What pressure from W.Wilson was that then ?.

Also don't forget that the D.J.V. though of themselves as German first and Jewish second so naturally held German nation interests.

Some other groups could learn that now.
15:56 September 28, 2011 by snowey
Who cares what this creep says or thinks. He's led the FDP to ruin & he's a joke as Foreign Minister.
18:25 October 1, 2011 by arbeitsbiene3

21 Sep. 2011 Mr. Obamas speech at the UN:

What was missing from Mr. Obamas speech at the UN this year is the plight of Palestine and Palestinians. No mention about Israeli occupation, the ghetto settlements, land annexation and the building of illegal settlements in Palestine.

27 Sep. 20011 Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle reiterated Germanys opposition to the Palestinian statehood bid in a speech to the United Nations on Monday, and called on both sides to follow the Quartet timetable.

01 Oct. 2011 German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demand a quick return to peace talks - and said she absolutely did not understand settlement expansion in east Jerusalem.


Germany has a non-permanent seat on the Security Council, and therefore a vote in the debate, but Westerwelle did not explicitly say which way Berlin would vote.

The Palestinian Authority and the people of Palestine should not hold their breaths for Germany to support their bid for Statehood at the UN.
Today's headlines
Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German town, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

Student fined for spying on women via their webcams
Photo: DPA

Student from Munich fined €1,000 for spying on 32 different computers, using their webcams to take photographs, or record their keyboard history.

This is how much startup geeks earn in Germany
Photo: DPA

A comprehensive new survey of 143 startup founders shows how much you are likely to be earning at a German startup, from entry level all the way up to sitting on the board.

Man dies after beating for peeing near Freiburg church
The Johannes Church in Freiburg. Photo Jörgens Mi/Wikipedia

A middle-aged man from southern Germany has died after being attacked by a group of men who took umbrage with the fact he was urinating in the vicinity of a church.

The Local List
Seven German celebrities with uncanny doppelgängers
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit and actor Alec Baldwin. Photo: DPA; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Check out these seven look-a-likes of well known German figures - we admit that some are more tenuous than others...

Israel seeks to buy three new German submarines: report
A Dolphin class submarine. Photo: DPA

Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of €1.2 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Here’s where people live the longest in Germany
Photo: DPA

Germans down south seem to know the secret to a long life.

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
Photo: DPA

The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

'Reichsbürger' pair attack police in Saxony-Anhalt
File photo: DPA.

A "Reichsbürger" and his wife attacked police officers on Thursday, just a day after another Reichsbürger fatally shot an officer in Bavaria.

Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Photo: DPA

From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd