Merkel upholds ME diplomatic initiative

Stresses vow to stabilize Lebanon; need to safeguard Israel's right to exist.

By
December 9, 2006 16:13
1 minute read.
Merkel upholds ME diplomatic initiative

Merkel 298.88. (photo credit: AP)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday advocated a "comprehensive diplomatic initiative" over Iraq that would involve the country's neighbors and contribute to stabilizing the Middle East. Germany hopes to help tackle the region's problems during its presidency of the European Union and Group of Eight next year. Merkel made her comments in her weekly video podcast, ahead of meetings over the coming days with the leaders of Egypt and Israel. Merkel said a report on the situation in Iraq by a bipartisan US panel under Republican James A. Baker III and Democrat Lee Hamilton was "of particular significance." "I support particularly a comprehensive diplomatic initiative in which Iraq would also include its neighboring states and through which a contribution could be made to stabilizing the Middle East as a whole," Merkel said. However, she did not refer specifically to the Baker-Hamilton panel's call for the United States to engage adversaries Iran and Syria - a course the Bush administration has thus far rejected. Merkel underlined her commitment to a "stable, independent Lebanon." "All must make a contribution to that - particularly Syria, which from my point of view so far is not fulfilling sufficiently its obligations," she said. "We naturally also need to safeguard Israel's right to exist - all must also recognize this, otherwise there will be no peace in the Middle East," Merkel added. "We also need a Palestinian state in which the Palestinians can sensibly develop economically and culturally." Berlin is hoping the Quartet of international players trying to promote Middle East peace - the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia - can lead efforts to restart the stalled process.

Related Content

Victim and Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman appears at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar
July 21, 2018
Aly Raisman speaks at ESPY awards on behalf of 140 abuse victims

By JTA