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Berlin - Germany: Israel Has Right To Self-Defense

Published on: November 21, 2012 08:45 AM
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the lower house of German parliament in Berlin, 21 November 2012.  EPAGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the lower house of German parliament in Berlin, 21 November 2012.  EPA

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Wednesday for solidarity with Israel in its conflict with Hamas and said the Jewish state had both the right and the obligation to protect its citizens against the rocket attacks from Gaza.


“I don’t think we can imagine, if we’re not there, what it means to be always in fear of being fired at with your family,” Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament.

“That is why I say emphatically that there is the right to defend the population and the Israeli state has this right, and this duty,” she said.

On Wednesday, Israeli air strikes shook Gaza and Palestinian rockets hit across the border as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continued to pursue a truce.

Merkel renewed her appeal for a rapid ceasefire and the resumption of political dialogue between the two sides.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM victorg Says:

Germany is consistently proving to be Israel's best friend in Europe. Olam hafuch hu


 Nov 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM Liepa Says:

Thank you, Chancellor Merkel.


 Nov 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM Sherree Says:

It is very hard for me, a second generation survivor, to look at Germany with any other eyes than how I grew up. But I have to stand up and THANK the German government for being a supporter of Israel and the Jewish people. That is NOT easy for me, but very, very necessary.


 Nov 22, 2012 at 02:19 AM Draiman Says:

If you gave the Arab population a vote in Israel and the west bank and Jerusalem the option to vote freely and without intimidation, you would find out, that they would rather be living under Israel’s government. They derive more stability more benefits, pensions, welfare, etc.

If the United States or any other government were to be attacked from across the border on a daily basis, have its citizens kidnapped, rockets launched at them on a daily basis, the citizens would demand that immediate military action be initiated with no holds barred, collateral damage or not. That is the fact of life.

Terrorist and those who support them do not know what peace is, they thrive on violence. That is the only way they control the masses. Any negotiations or compromise only strengthen those terrorist organizations.

When a poison strikes the human body, the only way to address it, is to remove it and destroy it completely. That is the way the terrorist organizations should be treated.

The Qur'an 17:104 - states the land belongs to the Jewish people

There is no such thing as a “disproportioned response to terror.”
Our problem today is “Israel’s Disproportionate Restraint.”
This puts Israel and its citizens in grave danger.
YJ Draiman


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