Friday, July 03, 2020

(JNS) German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is set to arrive in Israel this week for meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.

“The fact that [his] will be the first European visit since the coronavirus pandemic broke out reflects the close and varied bilateral relations,” the German Embassy in Tel Aviv said in a statement. “Therefore, Foreign Minister Maas’s conversations will deal with the full spectrum of bilateral and regional issues, including the future of the Middle East peace process.”

It is U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan that is expected to be the focus of discussions, as Jerusalem has announced the intention to begin implementing the part of the plan that involves extending Israeli sovereignty to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) on July 1.