Germany has voiced its criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for displaying a map titled "The New Middle East" that omits Palestine during his recent address at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, according to Anadolu Agency.
German Foreign Ministry spokesman Sebastian Fischer expressed his disapproval of presenting a map that excludes territories considered occupied or annexed. He emphasized that this approach hinders efforts to achieve a negotiated two-state solution. During a regular press briefing in Berlin, Fischer reaffirmed Germany's commitment to a two-state solution and urged all parties to intensify their diplomatic endeavors to resolve the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Fischer stated, "It is clear that we continue to adhere to the goal of a two-state solution."
In his address to the General Assembly, Netanyahu, whose far-right government is widely regarded as one of the most conservative in Israeli history, presented a series of maps, one of which excluded the Occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. These Palestinian territories have been under Israeli occupation since 1967, with the exception of Gaza, from which Israeli forces withdrew in 2005 while maintaining significant control over the densely populated coastal area.