Germany’s Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, on Thursday warned that building more Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria could end the prospect of a “two-state solution” and fuel conflict in the region. “We are concerned that unlimited construction of settlements will … make a two-state solution impossible and could increase the risks of conflicts in the Middle East, including possible war,” Gabriel told reporters, according to the Reuters news agency.

Gabriel added that Germany would continue to advocate a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict, saying it is “the only realistic option to reduce conflict in the region and prevent the emergency of a new war”. His comments come following the meeting on Wednesday between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, during which Trump would not commit to the two-state solution as the only way to solve the conflict. READ MORE