Maas plans trip to Israel | Free press


Foreign Minister Maas calls for a ceasefire in the Middle East conflict and direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians. He first travels to Israel for on-site discussions.

Berlin (dpa) – Against the backdrop of an escalation of violence in the Middle East, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas plans a trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

“My plan is to fly to Israel tonight and hold talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah,” Maas said in Berlin on Wednesday. However, he stressed that the journey was not yet 100 percent safe because both parties were still in coordination.

Maas had again clearly stood on Israel’s side and condemned the “missile terror” of Islamic Hamas “in the strongest possible terms” in the Bundestag. Israel has the right and the duty to defend itself, he said. The Foreign Minister called for an immediate halt to attacks on Israel, an agreement on a ceasefire and subsequent direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians to find a solution to the conflict. Such a solution should enable both parties to live independently. “We are therefore firmly convinced that this can only be a negotiated two-state solution.”

Maas (SPD) again called for tough action against anti-Semitism in Germany. He advocated “fighting anti-Semitic hate preachers, agitators and violent criminals here in our own cities with all the harshness of the German rule of law – regardless of whether they have always lived here or have only come here in recent years”. Everyone should know: “There shouldn’t be an inch of space in our streets for anti-Semitism. Never and never again. “In recent days, anti-Semitic slogans have also been sung at demonstrations.

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