Netanyahu says snub of German FM in keeping with his policies

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says canceling his vist with visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel over his meetings with a left-wing NGO is in keeping with his government’s policies.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policy is not to meet foreign visitors who on diplomatic trips to Israel meet with groups that slander IDF soldiers as war criminals,” his office says in a statement.

“Diplomats are welcome to meet with representatives of civil society but Prime Minister Netanyahu will not meet with those who lend legitimacy to organizations that call for the criminal prosecution of Israeli soldiers.”

“Our relations with Germany are very important and they will not be affected by this,” the statement adds.