The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday hosted the German Bundestag`s Committee on Foreign Affairs. Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman MK Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud) welcomed the guests and noted the uniqueness and importance of the long and deep relationship between Israel and Germany. Hanegbi said the committee he heads operates with almost no political disputes, out of the understanding that when it comes to the issue of Israel`s security, there is no coalition or opposition.
From left: Rottgen, Hanegbi and Edelstein
Norbert Rottgen, chairman of the Bundestag`s Committee on Foreign Affairs, emphasized that he plans to strengthen the relations with the Knesset committee as part of the efforts to strengthen the ties between Germany and Israel. Towards this end, he said, the committees must regularly visit one another in order to learn from one another, particularly when they are faced with similar challenges. Addressing the Palestinian issue, Rottgen stressed that his country supports a two-state solution and would be glad to help promote it.
Rottgen and the rest of the German committee members noted that the instability in the Middle East directly affects all of Europe, and Germany in particular, as it forces European governments to deal with the mass immigration of refugees from the Middle East and the possible infiltration of terror elements into the continent.
During the meeting, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said he would support any initiative that is aimed at strengthening and developing the reciprocal relations between Israel and Germany through their parliaments and parliamentary committees. ”This is in the interest of both sides,” he stated.