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Germany criticises Netanyahu’s post-war Gaza plan

February 28, 2024 at 4:21 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on December 10, 2023 [RONEN ZVULUN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

Germany, on Wednesday, sharply criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recently unveiled plan for post-war Gaza, Anadolu Agency reports.

Sebastian Fischer, the German Foreign Ministry spokesman, underlined that finding a solution to Gaza’s post-war order must include all relevant parties, above all the Palestinian Authority, and the neighbouring Arab states.

“The current version of the plan calls for Israel’s indefinite security control over the entire area west of Jordan, including the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, also the Area A administered by the Palestinian Authority and the plan explicitly rejects a two-state solution,” Fischer told a news conference in Berlin.

“If implemented, the plan would be incompatible with the G7 guidelines, and would also violate the Oslo Accords with regard to the West Bank. For us, it is clear that long-term security for Israel can only be achieved if the security and rights of the Palestinians are also guaranteed,” he stressed.

Fischer said, during their meeting in Tokyo last November, the G7 group of leading industrial democracies laid out a guideline for a post-conflict order in Gaza, which ruled out re-occupation of Gaza by Israel.

“According to this, Gaza must no longer pose a threat to Israel, but it also includes that there must be no permanent Occupation or a reduction in the size of Gaza’s territory,” he said.

Fischer reiterated that Germany continues to advocate a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Any plan that ignores this will not create peace and, without a Palestinian State, there will be no sustainable peace, not for Israel, not for the Israelis and not for the Palestinians,” he stressed.

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