PM calls Israel an 'island of stability' in the region

German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday called to stop the building in the settlements, saying that in light of the events in Egypt, it is important to further the diplomatic process.
Merkel, who arrived Monday afternoon at the head of a delegation of eight ministers for a joint Israeli-German government meeting, shared her assessments with Netanyahu about the situation in Egypt and in the region. Netanyahu, according to sources in his office, said that the settlements are not an obstacle to peace and that Israel is an "island of stability" in the region. He called on the Palestinians to return immediately to the negotiations.
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