Housing minister Apologizes to European leaders for shooting down UN climate talks

It has been a week since Israel’s housing minister refused to attend the landmark UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, due to what his ministry described as a “quality issue with the building.” Yitzhak…

Housing minister Apologizes to European leaders for shooting down UN climate talks

It has been a week since Israel’s housing minister refused to attend the landmark UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, due to what his ministry described as a “quality issue with the building.” Yitzhak Herzog said the organization wouldn’t allow him access to buildings because he could not walk due to a spinal injury sustained many years ago.

Now the Israeli leader has apologized and is satisfied with the German and German court’s decision not to seek the minister’s dismissal. “I apologize for the time and effort lost, I am happy we didn’t come home empty-handed,” he told Haaretz.

Today the minister has formally accepted the apology.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May also called Herzog to apologize. Their initial messages expressed “that the refusal to grant access to ministers and diplomatic staff affected all participants’ work” and that such a “protracted and undignified stand-off” should not be repeated, Haaretz noted.

The German court blocked the minister’s attempts to sue over the incident, the ministry said in a statement.

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