German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid after the Holocaust scandal of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas. At the start of the meeting, the German chancellor once again rejected and condemned Abbas’ statements, Lapid’s office said after today’s meeting. Therefore, it was important for Scholz to clarify this personally and publicly. Lapid is the son of a Holocaust survivor.
According to Israeli information, both emphasized the importance of Israel-Germany relations and agreed to continue cooperation in various areas. A meeting is also planned for the near future. No further information was given on a possible date.
Abbas: Israel perpetrates ‘Holocaust’ against Palestinians
During a visit to Berlin on Tuesday, Abbas accused Israel of several “Holocausts” against the Palestinians, sparking outrage. “Israel has committed 50 massacres in 50 Palestinian sites from 1947 to today,” Abbas told a news conference with German Chancellor Scholz, adding “50 massacres, 50 holocausts.”
The German chancellor said nothing at the press conference and only later clearly distanced himself from the statements. The fact that Scholz did not immediately contradict the statement was widely criticized.