Foreign Ministry rejects German criticism of Israel's settlement policy

Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor rejected comments made earlier Friday by his German counterpart, who said Israel must make "urgent progress" regarding the West Bank settlement issue and calling the communities "one of the biggest impediments to the two-state solution." "These are disconnected statements, without any diplomatic context," Palmor said. "These statements are not part of any diplomatic negotiations, they are unrelated to reality and distort it."