Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday during a visit that coincided with 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries to discuss the wave of Palestinian violence inflicted on Israelis over the last two weeks.
“One can clearly see that the situation is tense. Israel has the obligation to protect its citizens but the means have to be commensurate with the goals, “ said Merkel.
Merkel reiterated her long-standing view that Israel’s security interests are integral to Germany’s interests. “Germany’s relationship with Israel is unique. We will continue to protect Israel and always stand up for Israel’s existence. It is part of our raison d’état.“