Bibi and Merkel Despise Each Other – but Only if You Read the Times

December 8, 2012

Leo Rennert

The New York Times, along with most other Western media, has kept up a drumbeat of criticism of Israel’s decision to build 3,000 more housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, along with planning and zoning work on an area known as E-1 that links East Jerusalem and the nearby Jewish town of Maale Adumim, population 40,000.

So it comes as no surprise that the Times would eagerly await a summit in Berlin between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Dec. 5-6.  Germany disappointed Israel by abstaining from a U.N. vote to grant statehood recognition to “Palestine” — instead of casting an outright “no” vote.  Merkel long has differed with Israel on settlements, and the summit was widely anticipated as an event dominated by this issue.

Merkel on the attack and Bibi on the defensive?  So it might seem from Kulish’s article, which focuses mainly on Netanyahu and settlements.  Pouring it on, Kulish tells readers that “the usually warm relations between Israel and Germany have been especially strained in recent days.”  As for the E-1 area, he writes, “critics said future construction in E-1 could irreparably harm the chances for a viable, contiguous Palestinian state.”

A contentious summit, n’est-ce pas?  Actually, au contraire.

Except for settlements, where both leaders “agreed to disagree,” it was a very harmonious summit.  It’s just that Kulish blanks out a profusion of very friendly and very positive declarations by Merkel about the Israeli-German relationship — now and in the future.  In fact, in spotlighting Bibi, Kulish totally neglects Merkel’s determination to put settlements aside — “this is a point that already has been discussed many times” — and concentrate instead on a lengthy agenda of Israeli-German cooperation.

Here are some of her statements at the post-summit press conference that never made it into the Times:

The chancellor told reporters that they could refer to her website, “which points out once again how wide our cooperation is.”  She stressed that Germany is looking forward to the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations to advance “greater cooperation in all areas — from culture, the economy and even financial issues and much more.”

Merkel also pointedly noted joint Israeli-German development projects to assist countries in Africa like Ethiopia and Kenya.

Referring to Israel’s recent eight-day war with Hamas in Gaza, Merkel said it was important to recognize that “the starting point was Hamas” with its rocket attacks against Israel.

Summing up her views, the German chancellor said that “there is a wide, deep sense — namely that our two countries work together amicably, intensely. Israel is the only democracy in the region with which we have a strategic partnership.”

Not exactly a case of the chancellor taking Bibi to the woodshed, as the Times and other media sought to portray the summit.

Kulish’s anti-Israel tilt also is evident in his treatment of the controversy over possible future construction in the E-1 area.  He eagerly quotes unnamed “critics” as charging that this would “irreparably harm” chances of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state.  Actually, this is pure bunk.  Kulish overlooks the fact that Israeli officials and other “supporters” of E-1 development have pointed out that contiguity can and would be easily guaranteed with a bypass highway around Maale Adumim that would connect Ramallah and other Palestinian cities to the north with Bethlehem and Hebron in the south within a contiguous Palestinian state.

The Times is flogging Bibi and Israel with a canard.  Development of E-1 has been supported by every Israeli prime minister since Yitzhak Rabin.  And Bibi already has signaled that he would only go beyond zoning and planning in E-1 if Mahmoud Abbas, instead of joining in direct negotiations, continues with unilateral campaigns against Israel.

Leo Rennert is a former White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief of McClatchy Newspapers.

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‘Israel released PA funds under German pressure’

December 4, 2011

Get the sub elsewhere. The Oslo agreement was broken and there is no fixing it

(jpost) German Chancellor Angela Merkel threatened Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with the halting of a German plan to deliver a submarine to Israel if the latter refused to resume the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday.


According to the report, Israel yielded to pressure from Berlin and unfroze the funds. Immediately after, a German government official announced her country would build and pay up to one-third of the cost of a sixth Dolphin-class submarine to be delivered to the Israeli navy.
The agreement in principle to provide the Dolphin-class submarine, which foreign reports say enhances Israel’s second strike capability since it can carry nuclear warheads, comes a month after reports that Germany was reconsidering the deal because of anger at the announcement of plans to build some 1,100 housing units in the capital’s Gilo neighborhood, over the Green Line.
The German official said she did not know whether those reports were accurate. She said Germany will pay up to 135 million euros toward the submarine, which will cost between 372m. and 520m. euros.
Talks on the deal for the sub stalled last year after the Germans declined to underwrite it, as they had done with previous submarine purchases.

To avoid criminalization of Hamas because of Gilad Shalit, France and Germany offer de facto recognition of the Hamas government in Gaza which would allow for European investment in the territory

June 19, 2011

…Why is France getting involved with this? Gilad Shalit and his parents also hold French citizenship (they’re dual citizens). Earlier in June, Noam and Aviva Schalit appealed to the French judicial system to hold Hamas, including its Damascus-based leader Khaled Mashaal, responsible for kidnapping their son Gilad and keeping him hostage in Gaza for the past five years. If their legal effort in France is successful, arrest warrants could be issued against members of Hamas, including Mashaal. A suit can be filed in France due to Schalit’s dual citizenship.

As part of the initiative France and Germany are offering Hamas extra incentives in addition to the release of approximately 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. These incentives include easing restrictions on Gaza’s border crossings as well as de facto recognition of the Hamas government in Gaza which would allow for European investment in the territory. France and Germany are working with Egypt on the deal, according to the report. via

hypocrisy. This is wrong.  Hamas will use their free terrorists and open borders to kill thousands of Gilad Shalits… all so the Europeans won’t have to do what they should to terrorists.

Anti-Semitism on the Rise in Germany

June 10, 2011

Merkel also believes Obama devalues Dollar

November 15, 2010

President Obama meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the G-20 summit Thursday in Seoul. She rejected a U.S. proposal to try to cap global trade imbalances.

Castro accuses America
of attempting to devalue it’s currency
and says Far-Right Takes
Over U.S. After Midterms
wow….. I hope Castro is right.

At her meeting with Mr. Obama, the German leader repeated concerns about the Federal Reserve’s controversial decision last week to buy $900 billion of U.S. Treasury debt in the next six months. European officials worry the move will provoke a round of inflation and destructive currency devaluations.

President Obama meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the G-20 summit Thursday in Seoul. She rejected a U.S. proposal to try to cap global trade imbalances. “To set political limits on trade surpluses and deficits is neither economically justified nor politically appropriate,” she told the G-20 business summit. (Associated Press)

But White House aides said the president pointed out that the U.S. dollar actually is benefiting and getting stronger because of a renewed outbreak of the European debt crisis this week. Investors on Thursday forced Ireland to pay unprecedented interest rates of near 10 percent on its bonds because of growing fears of default.
The renewed European crisis is reviving a “flight to safety” to the U.S. dollar and Treasury bonds, the president pointed out. He also repeated U.S. concerns that Germany’s attempts to attach more stringent conditions to loans to countries like Ireland that may need a bailout may be “spooking markets.”

and according to this video they are buying assets from Goldman Sachs to print the money… I suppose the money comes from the loans our government made. why is Goldman Sachs selling the government stuff when we know how dirty they are? I suppose at least it is nice to know they are buying something… but how do we know Goldman isn’t selling Oregano?

Islamophobia: Not the New Antisemitism

October 19, 2010

Even as Chancellor Angela Merkel pronounces the failure of “multiculturalism” in Germany, the English-language German newspaper reporter, Marc Young, writing for the English-language German news at The Local, proclaims that “bigotry towards Muslims is the new anti-Semitism.”
 As the author of a book with the title The New Anti-Semitism (with an edition in German), allow me to remind Mr. Young that one of the things that is “new” about this most ancient of hatreds is that it is pandemic in the Islamic world and in Muslim communities in the West and that the multicultural relativists in the world’s universities, media, and political leadership, are collaborating with it in the name of “political correctness.”
 Thus, what both Young and those who run the state-subsidized Center for Research on Anti-Semitism at the University of Berlin have learned from the Nazi Holocaust is that Europeans should not discriminate against Muslims as they once did against Jews.

German scholar Clemens Heni strongly disagrees:
 “There is no other prejudice or form of racism which you can compare to this centuries-long hatred (anti-Semitism) which has no real justification. If you look at Islam today, there is a point to Islamophobia because Jihadists say, ‘We want to kill the unbelievers.’ Jews never said that. Because as a German I have a responsibility to deal with my own history, and if I see that other Germans want to downplay anti-Semitism and to minimize the threat of Islamic jihad and other forms of anti-Zionism–I think there is something deeply wrong, they didn’t learn the lesson from the Holocaust, they are even downplaying the Holocaust itself. 

the very root of the word Antisemitism was pseudo science from Germany. It was supposed to be less hateful then the word Juden Hass meaning literally Jew Hate, but it’s “science” was based on a genetic assumption of being against the children of Shem (Noah’s son in the Torah). The correct term Juden Hass is harder for Muslims to co-opt to their own cause and brings more baggage with millenniums of hate towards specifically Jews. I do not like that the semiotics of Antisemitism has been co-opted as it has, but the best way to avoid this issue is to go back to the original more shocking German wording.
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