Report: German sources say PM downplaying 'real tension'

October 2, 2011 14:13


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German diplomats claim that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is trying to "sweep under the rug" a diplomatic crisis that has developed between Germany and Israel, Army Radio reported.

The report came after the Prime Minister's Office denied reports that their was a diplomatic rift between the countries, stemming from Israel's approval of new housing units in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, over the Green Line.

The German sources reportedly told Army Radio that their was "real tension" between the countries. They added that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was "boiling mad" and that Netanyahu had become a persona non grata in her eyes.

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