(HAARETZ) Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle emphasized on Sunday during his meeting in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Germany is opposed to a unilateral Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.

According to a high-ranking German official, Westerwelle told Netanyahu that an Israeli military operation at this time could dissolve the international coalition against Iran.

Westerwelle was in effect reiterating the message of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her telephone conversation with Netanyahu of around two weeks ago.  He said Germany did not think that one-sided military action was the best option, adding, “We will keep up sanctions and diplomatic pressure on Iran. Westill see room for diplomacy.”

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