Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin for talks with his German counterpart Angela Merkel has pressed the Chancellor to halt trade with Iran.
Netanyahu thanked the German state for its tough stance on Iran’s nuclear aspirations but said there is room for further sanctions: “I think that the most important thing that we could put in place are what the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, called “crippling sanctions”. It is possible to put real pressure, real economic pressure on this regime if the major powers of the world unite,” said Netanyahu. Merkel said further sanctions against Iran will be considered in September then demanded a halt to the construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank: “We believe and end to settlement construction is a precondition to kickstart the peace process,” she said. Before meeting with Merkel Netanyahu was handed the original blueprints of the Auschwitz death camp. He will pass on the 29 documents, which were found in a Berlin apartment last year, to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. More than one million Jews, Roma and others were killed by the Nazis in Auschwitz close to the Polish city of Krakow.