Germany says Israel must stop Jewish settlemets
Germany said ahead of a visit next week by PM Netanyahu that urgent action was needed on Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
The German government said ahead of a visit next week by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that urgent action was needed on Israeli settlements in the West Bank in order to move towards peace in the Middle East.
German foreign ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke told reporters that they and their partners the Americans have made very clear that we see the settlements issue as one of the biggest obstacle to a solution.
"There must be urgent progress on the settlements to make progress on Middle East peace," he added.
Netanyahu is due to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday, during the second leg of a trip that will start in London.
Merkel said last month that there "must be a stop" to Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank and a senior ally has said it would be "political suicide" for Israel to continue to build.
Netanyahu has rejected U.S. President Barack Obama's push for a complete freeze to settlement building and the impasse has created the most serious rift in U.S.-Israeli relations in a decade.
Reuters Last Mod: 21 Ağustos 2009, 16:55