Netanyahu refuses to receive visiting German foreign minister

Visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s scheduled Tuesday meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was called off after the minister declared he would not give up on seeing the two radical anti-government B’Tselem and Breaking Silence groups in the face of the prime minister’s ultimatum. Gabriel was received by President Reuven Rivlin and opposition leader Labor’s Yitzhak Herzog. "Prime Minister Binyamin’s Netanyahu's policy is not to meet with diplomats who visit Israel and meet with organizations that slander IDF soldiers and seek to prosecute them as war criminals," said the prime minister’s office. "It wouldn’t cross those diplomats' minds to meet in the US or Britain with representatives of organizations that call to prosecute American or British soldiers."

 

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