‘new intifada’ risk in Israel-Palestinian conflict: Germany warns

‘new intifada’ risk in Israel-Palestinian conflict: Germany warns


BERLIN: Germany voiced concern on Monday about the risk of a “new intifada” following clashes in Jerusalem, three days ahead of a Berlin visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“What potentially expects us here is something similar to a fresh intifada,” said foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer.

“That is why it’s… so crucial that you find ways and means to restart discussions as a way to achieve a long-term alternative.”

Schaefer said Berlin was “critically worried regarding the escalation of violence which has claimed several lives again in Jerusalem as well as the West Bank in the weekend”.

Wounded three said Berlin also condemned any “actions of revenge against innocent Palestinian civilians”.

Since Saturday, Israeli forces and Palestinian youths have clashed in some east Jerusalem neighbourhoods and the West Bank, in scenes reminiscent of rebellions or the intifadas that began in 2000 and 1987.

Netanyahu is scheduled to get there in the German capital for discussions on Thursday.