Netanyahu cancels talks with German FM for meeting with leftist NGO

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancels his upcoming meeting with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, his office says.

Netanyahu’s office yesterday said the prime minister would not receive the German dignitary if he went ahead with his plans to meet with Breaking the Silence, a left-wing Israeli group critical of the IDF.

Gabriel, who considers himself a great friend of Israel, is currently meeting with President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem.

Earlier today he said that it would be “remarkable” and “regrettable” if Netanyahu refused to meet him over a meeting with a civil society organizations. But it “wouldn’t be a catastrophe” either, he added, saying his support for the State of Israel will not be diminished by such a move.

— Raphael Ahren

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