| 4 December 2023, Monday |

Scholz criticizes Israel’s settlements in occupied West Bank

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz criticized Israel’s settlement policy in the occupied West Bank on Saturday and repeated calls for a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians.

“We don’t want any new settlements in the West Bank, no violence by settlers against the Palestinians in the West Bank,” Scholz said during a visit to Nuthetal in Brandenburg state.

The best outcome for Israelis and Palestinians remains the two-state solution, he said.

“If some in Israeli politics distance themselves from this, we will not support them,” Scholz said.

Scholz also emphasized the importance of German humanitarian aid for the Palestinians.

Germany is not only on Israel’s side, but together with the US, it is the largest donor of humanitarian aid for the Palestinians, the chancellor said.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat