German Chancellor Angela Merkel affirmed that her country will not recognize a unilateral Palestinian statehood, Radio Israel reported on Saturday.
Merkel’s remarks came after talks, over the phone on Friday, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The radio quoted Netanyahu by saying that he is “committed to reach a peaceful solution with the Palestinians in order to stabilize the situation in the region.”
Merkel, in the meantime, voiced a similar commitment to ensure peaceful outcome between Israel and the Palestinians.
The German Chancellor relayed to Netanyahu, over the phone, the results of her talks with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit to Berlin last week.
Ahead of Abbas’ visit, Germany had announced that it would not recognize an independent Palestinian state without Israel’s approval.
This German announcement came days after some remarks made my French President Nicolas Sarkozy that his country might recognize a Palestinian statehood sometime this year. The French remarks were made before the head of the Israeli government’s visit Paris few days ago.
In a press conference made during Abbas’ visit to Berlin, on May 5th, Merkel considered a unilateral recognition of Palestinian state without Israel’s approval would not be useful or even help in putting an end this never-ending dispute.