Gysi Calls for German Recognition of Palestine
In their conversation both politicians agreed that, alongside a safe and sovereign Israel, a safe and sovereign Palestine in the borders of 1967 is necessary in order to compound the Middle East conflict in the framework of a Two-state solution. The talks also touched on those Palestinian forces which do not want to accept Israel and how to overcome their ambitions.
President Abbas explained that his government offers a de-militarised Palestine, rendering an assault on Israel from there forever impossible. Yet, the Netanjahu government rejects this offer. He expressed his hope that Germany would finally fully recognise Palestine as a state like 136 other states already did.
Gregor Gysi declared his hopes that after German federal elections later this year a new government will be built which will have the courage to eventually fully recognise Palestine as a state.