Germany voiced criticism on Monday, September 26, 2023, towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for displaying a map labeled as “The New Middle East” that omitted Palestine during his recent address at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
During a routine press briefing in Berlin, Sebastian Fischer, the spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry, restated his country’s commitment to a two-state solution and urged all parties to intensify their diplomatic efforts to resolve the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Fischer affirmed, “Our dedication to achieving a two-state solution remains evident.”
In his speech to the General Assembly on Friday, Netanyahu, whose government is widely regarded as one of the most right-wing in Israeli history, presented a series of maps, one of which notably excluded the Occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza.
Israel has held these Palestinian territories under illegal occupation since 1967, except for Gaza, where Israeli forces withdrew in 2005, though they still maintain significant control over the densely populated coastal enclave.