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German parliament endorses draft bill recognizing Israel as Jewish State

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier holds a speech after his swearing-in ceremony at Bundestag in Berlin, Germany on 22 March 2017 in Berlin, Germany [Michele Tantussi./Anadolu]

The German Bundestag endorsed a draft bill that recognizes the Jewish State of Israel, Thursday.

The bill states that the two- state solution is the only solution to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and stated that Israel's security and sovereignty is key to Germany's foreign and security policy.

Three parliamentary blocs; the Christian and Democratic Union led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Socialist Party and the Free Democratic Party submitted the draft bill on the 70th anniversary of Israel establishment.

The draft bill stipulates that the government and its partners in the international community should work towards a two-state solution, which it described as "the only solution to the conflict in the Middle East with emphasis on Israel Jewishness, democracy and independence as well as the establishment of a Palestinian viable and democratic state".

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