September 24, 2022


Tel Aviv (dpa) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) spoke on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Jair Lapid after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ scandalous Holocaust comment. Lapid’s office stated on Thursday that Scholz had at the start of the call once again rejected and condemned Abbas’ remarks. According to Lapid, it was important for Scholz to make this clear personally and publicly. Lapid is himself the son of a Holocaust survivor.

According to Israeli sources, both men emphasised the importance of relations between Israel and Germany and agreed to continue cooperation in various areas. A meeting is also planned for the near future. No further details on the potential date were given.

On Tuesday, during a visit to Berlin Abbas had accused Israel of multiple “Holocausts” against Palestinians, sparking outrage. “Israel has to date committed 50 massacres in 50 Palestinian places since 1947,” Abbas said at a press conference with Chancellor Scholz, adding: “50 massacres, 50 Holocausts”. The chancellor did not reply to the statement during the press conference and only later clearly distanced himself from the remarks. The fact that Scholz did not immediately contradict the statement was widely criticised.


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