Gabi Ashkenazi meets with Heiko Maas
Gabi Ashkenazi meets with Heiko Maas REUTERS

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi (Blue and White) met with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, in Jerusalem Wednesday afternoon, during the first visit in Israel by a high-level European official since the coronavirus pandemic.

During the meeting, Ashkenazi touted the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan as an “important milestone” for the Middle East.

“It is an important milestone for the region, and it represents a significant opportunity,” said Ashkenazi, adding that Israel would pursue the plan in coordination with other Middle Eastern powers.

“The plan will be pursued responsibly, in full coordination with the United States, while maintaining Israel’s peace agreements and strategic interests. We intend to do it in a dialogue with our neighbors. Israel wants peace and security.”

When asked regarding details of the upcoming sovereignty plan, which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to roll out in July, linking it to the Trump peace plan, Gabi Ashkenazi said that no maps had yet been drawn up, adding that Israel is in talks with the US to reach an agreement regarding the sovereignty bid.

“There are no maps,” said Ashkenazi. “There is some technical work in the field that needs to be done. But that will come only after there is an agreement with the Americans.”

Maas said that in his talks with Ashkenazi he stressed his government’s “serious and honest concerns” regarding the sovereignty plan, but said there would be no “price tag”, instead emphasizing that the purpose of his trip was to learn precisely what Israel intends to do.

"I came here to understand what this new government's plans are."