Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Friday that he would travel wherever is needed and will talk to whoever is needed to keep Israel safe and secure.
Netanyahu, who met with visiting German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, said, "It is always a pleasure to host you here in Jerusalem. You are a friend of Israel, Chancellor Merkel is a friend of Israel, Germany is a friend of Israel.
“Today the Middle East is undergoing a period of tremendous and unprecedented instability,” said Netanyahu. “We have not seen such an upheaval in this region for many decades. I follow closely, day and night, the rapidly changing situation around us. I follow closely the very real challenges that this rapidly changing situation poses for the security of Israel. I will travel to where ever needed; I will meet with whoever is needed and I'm doing whatever is needed to protect the security of the citizens of Israel, and I will continue to do so."
Westerwelle replied, “It is really a great pleasure to be here once again, but we all know that these are very challenging times, for the whole region but especially of course for our friends in Israel. I want to underline that in these challenging times Germany stands by its Israel partners. We want to work together and we want to support you. This is what our friendship is about and I'm using the word friendship, which is from our understanding, more than a partnership. This is not only a strategic alliance; this is a friendship between societies, between peoples and between governments.”
He added that “Germany fully supports the latest initiative by our U.S. partners for direct talks. We believe that the Middle East peace process and the work on a two-state solution should be revived now and we will do what we can to support the security and a peaceful and sustainable development for Israel and the whole region."
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