The German official is quoted in the telegram as saying that Germany believes that Netanyahu needed “to do more” to bring the Palestinians to the negotiating table. “With Palestinians in East Jerusalem getting notices from Israeli authorities that their houses will be destroyed, it would be ‘suicide’ for President Abbas to move under the current circumstances. Heusgen said he could not fathom why Netanyahu did not understand this,” according to the telegram.
The American telegram indicates that the German position on settlements was less tolerant than that of the Obama administration.
“He [Heusgen] suggested pressuring Netanyahu by linking favorable UNSC [United Nations Security Council] treatment of the Goldstone Report to Israel committing to a complete stop in settlement activity,” according to the telegram.
The American officials were surprised by the proposal and said that such linkage would be counterproductive “but agreed that it was worth pointing out to the Israelis that their policy on settlements was making it difficult for their friends to hold the line in the UNSC.”