Germany condemns the «unwise» decision of the European Commission on the marking of Israeli products produced beyond the so-called «green line» in the West Bank, the Golan and in Jerusalem.
This was stated on Wednesday, 2 December, the President of the Bundestag Professor Norbert Lammert during a joint press conference with his Israeli counterpart, Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein, who is today in Berlin at the head of the parliamentary delegation, reports the website of the newspaper The Jerusalem Post.
Lammert said he believes the marking of Israeli goods «unnecessary and unwise» step, however, does not see in this decision of the European Commission signs of anti-Semitism – in contrast to Edelstein. He believes that this action is the result of the disputed status of the disputed territories from the point of view of international laws.
Edelstein, in turn, said that Germany appreciates the respect, understanding the feelings of the Israelis. However, in response to the question of why the EU does not take similar measures in respect of other disputed territories such as Tibet. Crimea or Western Sahara, head of the Bundestag said that he understands the anger of the citizens of the Jewish state, and it is for this reason that his country refuses to abide by the decision of the European Commission.
Recall that on the eve the delegation of the Knesset led by speaker Yuli Edelstein has arrived with three-day visit to Berlin. Thus Israel and Germany continue to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Before leaving for Germany Yuli Edelstein admitted that he, the son of parents who suffered in the Holocaust, had abstained from a visit to Germany. And decided to take him in for the position.
During the visit, Yuli Edelstein addressed the Bundestag, and will also meet with German President Joachim Gauck and with Chancellor Angela Merkel. He is also scheduled to meet with Edelstein German youth.
The press service of the Knesset said that in addition to Edelstein in the delegation included Nachman Shai, who heads the parliamentary Israeli-German lobby, Plaskow Tali, Yael hason, Imad Hamad, former member of Knesset, former Minister and former Chairman of the parliamentary Israel-German lobby Yaakov EDRI and Secretary General of the Knesset the Yarden Mahler-Horowitz.