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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Germany's schizophrenia

Germany is having trouble deciding which side it's on between Israel and Iran. On Thursday, they invited the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee to visit the Bundestag at the same time that the Germans were hosting an official Iranian delegation.
The committee members, including Chairman MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima), were surprised to find that while they were visiting the German parliament's Defense Committee, representatives of the Majilis, Iran's parliament, were speaking before the Bundestag's Foreign Affairs Committee.

"It cannot be that while Germany calls for tough sanctions against the Iranian regime, official representatives of Germany undermine this policy by meeting with Majilis members," the MKs said in a statement. "They are sending the message that sanctions against Iran are passed with a wink."

The Israeli delegation, which included Mofaz, MK Roni Bar-On (Kadima), MK Moshe Mutz Matalon (Israel Beiteinu), MK Zeev Bielski (Kadima) and MK Einat Wilf (Independence), originally wanted to "make a big stink," an FADC spokesman said. However, after consulting with the Israeli Embassy in Berlin, the MKs sent a letter of protest to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as the German foreign minister, the Bundestag's speaker, and the chairman of the Bundestag Defense Committee.

The MKs also expressed their ire in the joint meeting with the Bundestag's committee.

The FADC spokesman said the German lawmakers' response was "not convincing enough," and the committee remembers refused to shelf the letter.

"We, the members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, on an official visit to Berlin, firmly protest the visit of Iranian Majilis members in Berlin and express our deep disappointment in their acceptance by German officials, including the German parliament," the letter reads.

The MKs wrote: "The Iranian Majilis is a fa├žade of a parliament that covers a murderous regime that oppresses its people and tortures young students and protesters. They support and export terror, aid Assad's regime in repressing protests against him, deny the Holocaust, all while manufacturing nuclear weapons and missiles in order to commit genocide against the Jews and erase our only state from the map."

"We cannot stand by while German representatives hold a dialogue with a regime that calls for genocide," the MKs explained. "We are very concerned about these dangerous ties between German representatives and their Iranian counterparts, and hope that these ties will end."

"We cannot be silent while the representatives of a murderous regime are accepted in the heart of democratic Europe," the letter concluded.
There really hasn't been much change in the past 70 years, has there? They're just nicer about it.

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At 12:43 AM, Blogger Jesterhead45 said...

Sometimes I wonder how much of whats currently going is theater mean to both distract and offend Jews, and much of it is deliberate with a predetermined path and outcome.

I can imagine quite a few already sharing my view that europe and much of the political class in the West (and in Israel) has made up their minds with regards to both Israel and Jews, yet at the same time I cannot help but wonder if in the great scheme of things events are coming together that will eventually lead to Israel having to break with the West in the near future.


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