Cancel meeting with NGOs or we won’t meet: Netanyahu to Gabriel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to cancel a meeting with visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel if the top diplomat sits down with representatives of pro-Palestine NGOs. Gabriel traveled to the occupied territories on Monday evening to press for the so-called two-state solution to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He plans to meet with representatives of Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem.

Netanyahu had given Gabriel an “ultimatum” over his plans, adding the Israeli premier would cancel his meeting with Gabriel if the German official refused to drop his plans to meet with the rights groups. Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog blasted Netanyahu for issuing the ultimatum and accused him of harming Berlin-Tel Aviv ties.
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