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  Kislev 19, 5773 , 03/12/12

Germany Hosting Netanyahu, Not Summoning Ambassador

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular media briefing, Monday, "The German government is deeply concerned about the announcement of the Israeli government to accept tenders for 3,000 new homes mainly in east Jerusalem and the West Bank," adding, "We urge the Israeli government to reverse this announcement. Both sides should act constructively and avoid obstructing what is urgently needed, bamely the resumption of substantial direct peace talks."

Agence France Presse reports that Seibert said a Berlin meeting this week between Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and most of their cabinets would also go ahead as planned despite the criticism, but he said, "Israel is undermining faith in its willingness to negotiate and the geographic space for a future Palestinian state, which must be the basis for a two-state solution, is disappearing." Asked whether Germany would follow France and Britain in summoning the Israel ambassador, a foreign ministry spokesman said Berlin had no immediate plans to do so, according to AFP.

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