German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel defended his meeting last week with radical left-wing groups “Breaking the Silence” and “B’tselem” during his visit to Israel.
Prime Minister Netanyahu had ultimately cancelled his planned
meeting with Gabriel as a result, after threatening to do so should
Gabriel meet with the groups.
In an interview with the German paper Bild,
Gabriel was unapologetic, defending his decision to meet with the
groups. He slammed the building of Jewish communities in Judea and
Samaria, while noting that it was the obligation of “members of
democratic societies” to meet with opponents of government policy.
“Not only does the policy of settlements violate international
law and manifest an obstacle to peace, but it is controversial in
“It goes without saying that I will listen to its opponents,” he said.