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Netanyahu gives German foreign minister ultimatum over meeting with NGOs

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli Foreign Ministry as to whether the German government has responded.

Published: 25th April 2017 04:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th April 2017 04:02 AM   |  A+A-

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. | AP

By Associated Press

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to cancel an upcoming meeting with Germany's foreign minister unless the visiting diplomat cancels an appointment with two groups critical of Israel's actions in the West Bank.

A senior Israeli official confirmed that the prime minister issued an ultimatum to Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel that he would scrap their meeting scheduled for today if Gabriel met with members of non-governmental organizations Breaking the Silence and B'Tselem.

Gabriel arrived in Israel yesterday evening following a visit to Jordan.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli Foreign Ministry as to whether the German government has responded.



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