German Chancellor Angela Merkel was given the Lord Jakobits Prize for European Jewry at a ceremony at the Great Synagogue of Europe in Brussels.
During the acceptance speech, Merkel said her government was a strong supporter of Israel and a two-state solution to the Mideast conflict.
“We hope that Israel and its neighbors can live in security and peace,” Merkel said. “Germany promotes with vigor a peaceful and sustainable solution for the Middle East conflict and we want to make that clear in European foreign policy.
“That is why again we support, together with our partners in the EU and the US, the efforts to put new life into the peace process and to achieve direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine. The goal is, and will remain to be, a two-state solution.”
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