Germany’s Scholz Rejects Word ‘Apartheid’ To Describe Israel

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attend a news conference, in Berlin, Germany, August 16 (REUTERS/Lisi Niesner)

BERLIN (Reuters/Hamodia) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz rejected the word “apartheid” to describe relations between Israel and the Palestinian Territories after a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

“Naturally we have a different assessment with a view to Israeli politics, and I want to expressly say here that I do not espouse the use of the word apartheid and do not think it correctly describes the situation,” said Scholz during a joint news conference with Abbas in Berlin on Tuesday.

Germany has long defended Israel’s right to exist and to defend itself, along with support for a two-state solution to the Mideast conflict.

During his visit in Berlin, Abbas was asked whether he planned to apologize to Israel and Germany for the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics by the Palestinian Black September group, ahead of ceremonies to mark the 50th anniversary of the atrocity.

The PA president had no apologies. “If we want to go over the past, go ahead,” Abbas told reporters after a meeting with Scholz. “I have 50 slaughters that Israel committed.”

Standing next to Abbas, Scholz reportedly “grimaced” at the remark.

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