November 17, 2006

Germany Refuses to Alter Israel Ties

The German Embassy rejected on Thursday a call made by 25 German academics for the country to abandon its "special relationship" with Israel in favor of a stance recognizing Palestinian suffering as an outcome of the Holocaust. A German Embassy spokesman in Tel Aviv reacted to the petition published in the Frankfurter Rundschau regional newspaper Wednesday: "It in no way reflects the position of the German government. The position of the German government regarding the special relationship with Israel will not change....We accept fully that because of the Shoah, the German people and [government] have a special responsibility to the State of Israel." The spokesman also said the professors who signed the petition didn't reflect the views of a majority of German academics.

I am personally comforted by the message of the German Embassy. For more background on this story, click here.