Germany’s Foreign Minister responded Tuesday morning to an ultimatum issued by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday night, warning the German official that he would not be received by the Israeli government if he went through with a planned meeting with a radical left-wing organization.
Netanyahu issued the ultimatum
to German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel Monday night, after it was
revealed that Gabriel was slated to meet with radical leftist groups
critical of the IDF, including Breaking the Silence.
"Choosing these meetings [with Peace Now] constitutes a defiant
message against the policy of the government and against its leader
personally, and Netanyahu thinks that a red line should be placed
against the German officials," a senior political official told Channel 2.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to meet with Gabriel, but has warned
that the meeting will not go forward should Gabriel meet with Breaking
the Silence members as planned.
Responding to Netanyahu’s ultimatum Tuesday, Gabriel told ZDF
it would be “regrettable” to cancel, saying that if Netanyahu carried
out the threat it would be a “remarkable event, to put it mildly.”
"Imagine if the Israeli Prime Minister ... came to Germany and wanted
to meet people critical of the government and we said that is not
possible ... That would be unthinkable."