The media learned about the cancellation of the visit of Angela Merkel to Israel because of the law of settlements
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has decided to cancel the trip to Jerusalem for the Israeli-German summit, scheduled for may 10-11. The reason for this decision, according to the newspaper Haaretz , citing unnamed sources in the two countries, was “dissatisfaction with the Chancellor” adoption of law about settlements.
According to the newspaper, the German government decided to undertake a number of steps through diplomatic channels and in public sphere to Express dissatisfaction with the adopted legislative act. One such step, according to the newspaper, was the cancellation of the visit Merkel.
The official and publicly identified as the cause of failure of Merkel on a trip to Jerusalem and meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was preparing for the upcoming elections in Germany, which will be held in September 2017.
The law of settlements, which caused dissatisfaction of the German Chancellor, was passed by the Israeli Parliament on 6 February. The document envisages the legalization on the West Bank of the Jordan river Jewish settlements and outposts built on private Palestinian land, previously considered illegal by the Israeli authorities.