Angela Merkel’s recent visit to Israel has left a mixed impression. No doubt, economic and cultural level of the German-Israeli relations are not only stable, they continue to develop very well. On the political field, however, the mutual alienation increases dramatically. The differences between the German and the Israeli government also now go far beyond the for many years, as it were, chronic, existing opposites, the treatment of which had been adopted at the highest political level with the time a really ritualized Form.
the German criticism of Israel’s settlement policy in the West Bank had to be present at any official meeting. From the Israeli side, it was taken with a certain practiced equanimity, to the knowledge of, without this, Israel’s policy significantly affects. The differences in opinion still existed, but picked up no serious strain of the German-Israeli relationship.
but Now the power has shifted political constellations in the Middle East dramatically. The termination of the nuclear agreement with Iran by the United States and the confrontation of the Trump government not only to Tehran but also to the Palestinian authority (PA) have strengthened the Netanyahu government in their Position considerably, and Germany, which could see in the Era of Obama on these issues even in basic Accord with Washington, to Off moved.
In a nutshell, want to submit to the United States on a peace plan for Palestine, which is aligned with Saudi Arabia and objections of the PA, little attention is paid. The axis Washington-Jerusalem-Riyadh will try your ideas over the heads of the negotiation unwilling Palestinian management to enforce and, where appropriate, on the Europeans.
The nuclear deal remains controversial
The Berlin has nothing to offer than the unmodified repetition applied for a long time as sakrosant formulas such as the two-state solution. In view of the increased polarization in the Middle East, however, the lens on the side sworn enemies threatens Germany to the fall of Israel.
The most controversial point of dispute, the burden on the German-Israeli relations currently, the Capture of Berlin, on nuclear deal with Iran and the economic relations with the Islamic Republic. The nuclear deal is defended by Germany and the EU vehemently, even though it did the opposite of the hoped-for stabilization of the Middle East, and although it is not rejected only by Israel but also from Saudi-Arabia and most of the other relevant actors in the Region violently.
While the International atomic energy Agency (IAEA) certifies Iran to adhere strictly to the agreement, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in the possession of Evidence for the secret continuation of the Iranian nuclear programme. However, neither the IAEA nor Germany attention to them.
While Berlin would not have to revise its attitude to the nuclear deal, even formally, to support the USA and Israel, and to urge Tehran renegotiations about its extensive missile program. Means of economic pressure against the Iranian Regime, could make a difference here.
But in the network of the EU, Germany is trying, on the contrary, to protect European trade with Iran prior to the possible intervention of the United States, and by means of a “special mechanism” to secure financial transactions in November entering into force of sanctions of Washington against Tehran. The same comes from the Israeli point of view of an Assistance policy for the Regime in Tehran at a moment when Washington is seeking to dissuade the Islamic Republic with all the force of their aggressive policy of hegemony in the Region.
Germany justifies his stance with the need to defend multilateral structures against their wanton destruction by Trump. But a fetish is a raised “multilateralism” that holds to the principle for the sake of outdated, reactionary structures, is no less harmful than trump’s erratic unilateralism.
Germany is threatened to lose his credibility
If the Berlin relief about the removal of U.S. funding for the UN, Palestinians work of UNRWA – the opaque relations with the Hamas and other terrorist groups is accused of in Gaza – with the increase in its grants respond is like this is more of a reflex in spite of the reaction as the expression of a thought-out policy in the middle East. There are however good reasons to maintain the huge bloated apparatus of the UNRWA in question, and maintains, the myth, the supplied approximately five million Palestinians were refugees.
all of the descendants of the up to 750,000 Arab inhabitants, the forced 70 years ago, their home or voluntarily left to be attributed to it. This refugee myth comes from the Arab Propaganda, which led the Affected with the promise in the wrong, they would once return to their ancestral homeland after the destruction of the Jewish state.
In Gaza, or the Autonomous territories to Palestinians living in the third or fourth Generation “refugees” to be classified, is compatible also with the endorsement of a two-state solution, which is according to the international consensus only under the waiver of a “right of return” for you conceivable.
Germany threatens to be so in Israel to lose much of its confidence and credibility – and not just from the political Right. It is for Israel to be a very important economic, but also political partners. But put in perspective, Germany’s importance as the most important advocate of Israel within the EU recently.
Israel has established in recent times closer relations with Eastern European States such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, the strengths of the Jewish state without the West the European side, the usual reproach with regard to its dealing with the Palestinians in the back – not least because they see in Israel is a Bastion against the “Islamisation”.
right-wing conservative governments such as Poland and Hungary use their demonstrative Israel-friendliness but also to relieve themselves from the reproach of anti-Semitic tendencies. However, although she is aware of this problem, not denied Israel’s leadership of a pragmatic partnership with them.
Blade, but on the other hand, confessions, such as the Germany’s “special historic responsibility” toward the Jewish state increasingly hollow, if an unambiguous support for Israel fails against its current enemies. Without, therefore, the policy of the Netanyahu government in particular, should Berlin, Iran – and Palestine policy against this Background, a fundamental rethink.