German’s Scholz Visits Israel amid Vienna Talks, Ukraine Crisis

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (L) with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. (Photo: PM of Israel Twitter page)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited Israel on Wednesday, amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis and Vienna talks, aimed at forging a new Iranian nuclear deal, AFP reported.

This was Scholz’s first visit since taking office last December and comes as a new Iran nuclear deal is supposedly being forged in the Austrian capital.

In a joint press conference held in Jerusalem, Scholz said that a new nuclear deal with Iran “cannot be postponed any longer”, The Israeli newspaper The Times of Israel reported. 

“Now is the time to make a decision. This must not be postponed any longer and cannot be postponed any longer,” Scholz added.

On his part, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett strongly criticized the deal, slamming it as “nonacceptable”, according to The Times of Israel. 

“We also have a responsibility to make sure that Iran does not have nuclear weapons, and that there will be no possibility of acquiring nuclear weapons — not on our watch or ever,”  Bennett was reported as saying by The Times of Israel. 

The two leaders also discussed the developments of the Ukraine-Russia crisis. Following the beginning of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, Germany has reversed a ban on sending weapons to a war zone and canceled the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project between Russia and Germany.

Bennett said that “Israel stands with the people of Ukraine”.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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