Germany says situation in Palestinian territories untenable

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Germany's foreign minister says the situation in the Palestinian territories isn't sustainable in the long term.

In an op-ed published ahead of a German-Israeli Cabinet meeting Tuesday, Frank-Walter Steinmeier condemned the near-daily street attacks by Palestinians that have killed 27 Israelis as "despicable terror."

In the article for daily Bild, Steinmeier stressed Germany's view that only serious negotiations aimed at a fair, two-state solution can offer hope of peace for Israel and the Palestinians.

The meeting in Berlin, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, highlights the strong bond between Israel and Germany seven decades after the Holocaust, when Nazi Germany killed 6 million Jews.