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State visit: SPD politician Mast: address criticism during Israel visit

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Numerous protests have been announced for the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Berlin. Will highly controversial projects in Israel also be discussed at the meeting with the chancellor?

Before the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the parliamentary secretary of the SPD parliamentary group, Katja Mast, called for critical points to be addressed.

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Germany has a deep friendship with the State of Israel. “Nevertheless, in this friendship we must be able to address things critically as the Federal Republic of Germany,” said Mast on Wednesday in Berlin. As examples, she cited the controversial judicial reform and “settlement construction, which violates international law.”

“I am quite sure that the Chancellor will find his words to address things and still speak in friendship with the State of Israel,” said Mast.

Netanyahu will meet Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin on Thursday. The visit is overshadowed by a bitter dispute in Israel over judicial reform that Netanyahu’s right-wing religious government is pushing ahead with. Opponents of the reform want to try to prevent Netanyahu from leaving Israel with road blockades. Protests are also expected in Berlin.

Source: Stern

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