In Jerusalem, Germany’s Scholz says he’s ‘extremely worried’ about Ukraine crisis

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz gives a joint press conference with the Israeli prime minister at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem on March 2, 2022. (GIL COHEN-MAGEN / POOL / AFP)
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz gives a joint press conference with the Israeli prime minister at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem on March 2, 2022. (GIL COHEN-MAGEN / POOL / AFP)

Speaking from the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says he discussed the ongoing developments in Ukraine with Israeli premier Naftali Bennett during his lightning visit to Israel.

“We are extremely worried about the further course of the conflict. I want to repeat my call for all military action to stop immediately. Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure must cease. And of course it’s now about giving diplomacy a big opportunity again,” Scholz says.

Scholz says that he decided to make the trip despite the global crisis “and it was only right to do so.”

“Germany will always stand fast by Israel’s side,” Scholz says, emphasizing the country’s “responsibility” to the Jewish state.

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