A delegation of German MPs refused to meet with the Israeli Internal Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, in his office in east Occupied Jerusalem.
According to the Hebrew-speaking Yisrael Hayom newspaper, Erdan cancelled a projected meeting with the German delegation after the latter said it firmly rebuffs to have the meeting convened in an area located beyond the Green Line.
Erdan reportedly refused to meet with the delegation in another place, claiming he will never accept to cooperate with parties that consider east Jerusalem an occupied territory.
“Whoever wishes to draw lessons from our knowledge and experience in fighting terrorism has to step into the Internal Security Ministry, even if it was located in east Jerusalem,” said Erdan.
“It is high time Germany recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and respected our sovereignty over the city,” added Erdan.
Seven German MPs from different parliamentary blocs were expected to meet with Erdan over terrorist threats and disaster management.