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Berlin - Report: Germany Rethinks Its Policy Of Automatic Support For Israel

Published on: April 30, 2016 11:20 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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FILE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel address a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, February 16, 2016.        REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch FILE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel address a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, February 16, 2016.      REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Berlin - Israel-German ties remain very close and healthy, and reports to the contrary are the result of internal German domestic politics, a senior Israeli official said Saturday night.

The official was responding to a story in the German weekly Der Spiegel under the headline: “Skepticism of German-Israeli Friendship Growing in Berlin.”

According to the story – the latest in a number of articles that have emerged in recent years of tension between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – there are voices in the German Chancellery and the Foreign Ministry calling for a rethinking of Berlin’s relationship with Israel because of its settlement policy and what is perceived as Netanyahu’s disinclination to move on the Palestinian issue.

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Germany has consistently been one of Israel’s strongest allies inside the EU.

“The perception has been growing in the German government that Netanyahu is instrumentalizing our friendship,” the magazine quoted Rolf Mützenich, deputy floor leader for the Social Democrats (SPD) in parliament, as saying.

Norbert Röttgen, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag, was quoted as saying, “Israel’s current policies are not contributing to the country remaining Jewish and democratic.

We must express this concern more clearly to Israel.”

However, according to the senior Israeli official, “The relations between Israel and Germany are, and will continue to be, close and good.

It seems these statements are an internal German attempt to attack Merkel for her close relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu.”

According to Der Spiegel, Merkel’s advisers were furious in February when Israel Hayom headlined a story about Netanyahu’s visit to Berlin at the time with the headline: “Merkel: This Isn’t the Time for Two States.”

The magazine said Netanyahu had “apparently twisted her words to such a degree that it seemed as though she were supporting his policies. In fact, though, Merkel had repeatedly made it clear to Netanyahu that she believes the effects of Israeli settlement construction in the occupied territories are disastrous. The settlement policy, she believes, makes it unlikely that a viable Palestinian state can be established in accordance with plans aimed at a twostate solution.”

During a public press conference, however, Merkel seemed to be agreeing with Netanyahu’s pessimistic prognosis of the peace process, acknowledging that this is not the time for comprehensive progress.

“We in the EU and in Germany are trying to see things realistically,” Merkel said, when asked whether, following the killing of hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East, it “wasn’t time to admit that Palestinian terrorism has nothing to do with settlements and the so-called ‘occupation.’” “We recognize the terrorism threat that Israel must face, and on the other hand we want to promote a process of living together in peace, based on two states for two peoples,” she said.

Merkel said she discussed with Netanyahu possible future steps during their meeting. Though acknowledging that “this is not the time for progress,” she said it is possible to “improve things in certain areas,” and that Germany in particular would help in areas of economic development.



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 May 01, 2016 at 12:05 AM bennyt Says:

Other than killing 6 million Jews, can anyone explain to me what good Germany has done for the Jews and the state of Israel? Yet, the state of Israel supports their economy by purchasing their advanced nuclear submarines for its military and its foolish citizens purchase their Nazi forced labor auto brands such as Mercerdes, BMW, VW and Audi. Germany's soil is soaked with the blood of our brethren but we don't mind buying their products. Shame on us!!!!

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 May 01, 2016 at 12:52 AM yidele1 Says:

antisemitisim at its high , lets not kid ourselfs

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 May 01, 2016 at 08:06 AM Benny Says:

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bennyt Says:

Other than killing 6 million Jews, can anyone explain to me what good Germany has done for the Jews and the state of Israel? Yet, the state of Israel supports their economy by purchasing their advanced nuclear submarines for its military and its foolish citizens purchase their Nazi forced labor auto brands such as Mercerdes, BMW, VW and Audi. Germany's soil is soaked with the blood of our brethren but we don't mind buying their products. Shame on us!!!!

100% with you.
Germany rethinks?
Murderers and children of murdereres!
I don't understand why russians left anyone alive in your country after all the atrocities you did to the whole humanity.
You dare to open your mouth?
Shut up and keep washing off the blood of the millions of the children, ladies, elders and others you tortured, gassed, and murdered, you bastards!

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 May 01, 2016 at 09:25 AM HeshyEmes Says:

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bennyt Says:

Other than killing 6 million Jews, can anyone explain to me what good Germany has done for the Jews and the state of Israel? Yet, the state of Israel supports their economy by purchasing their advanced nuclear submarines for its military and its foolish citizens purchase their Nazi forced labor auto brands such as Mercerdes, BMW, VW and Audi. Germany's soil is soaked with the blood of our brethren but we don't mind buying their products. Shame on us!!!!

While I agree that the Germans can't & shouldn't be forgiven for the cruel murder of our parents, brothers & sisters, and our children; and that we should never support their economy by purchasing their products; in truth, the Germans have helped Israel & the few remaining Jews who survived the Holocaust. Germany has paid $billions in reparations to survivors & has given Israel submarines & other hardware when the rest of Europe did not. Germany benefits a lot less from the German Israel relationship than Israel does.

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 May 01, 2016 at 10:57 AM Robert Says:

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bennyt Says:

Other than killing 6 million Jews, can anyone explain to me what good Germany has done for the Jews and the state of Israel? Yet, the state of Israel supports their economy by purchasing their advanced nuclear submarines for its military and its foolish citizens purchase their Nazi forced labor auto brands such as Mercerdes, BMW, VW and Audi. Germany's soil is soaked with the blood of our brethren but we don't mind buying their products. Shame on us!!!!

ey have given israel money and reparations
the submarines purchased are significantly discounted by the german government

while my personal sympathies are with you bennyt and my heart agrees

one does not cut his nose to spite his face

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 May 01, 2016 at 02:05 PM enlightened-yid Says:

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bennyt Says:

Other than killing 6 million Jews, can anyone explain to me what good Germany has done for the Jews and the state of Israel? Yet, the state of Israel supports their economy by purchasing their advanced nuclear submarines for its military and its foolish citizens purchase their Nazi forced labor auto brands such as Mercerdes, BMW, VW and Audi. Germany's soil is soaked with the blood of our brethren but we don't mind buying their products. Shame on us!!!!

You can't blame Germans forever as current generations are not responsible for actions of previous generations. At least their society has acknowledged the wrong. Germans have spent billions on reparations but it is the shameless Jewish organizations who exploited Holocaust history as their personal slush fund and did not always properly allocate money to survivors.
Germany has given billions to Israeli governments. They have invested billions into Israeli navy. Without Germany's heavy funding, Israel would not have a nuclear armed submarine fleet.

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