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German intelligence: Germany needs to follow Israel’s lead in fighting terror

 

Germany’s internal intelligence chief said the day after cancellation of a soccer match because of suspected bomb, ‘We can’t surrender to terrorism,’ Germany needs to respond to terror like Israel.

By Ynet & news agencies

 

Germany needs to respond to terror like Israel and the United States do, the head of Germany’s internal intelligence service (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, said Wednesday morning.

The evacuated stadium in Hanover, Germany. – Photo: EPA

Maassen said Germany must not surrender to ISIS’s terrorism. He noted that in Israel, soccer matches and concerts go on despite threats of terrorism. Maassen spoke a day after a soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled due to a suspected bomb.

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Germany pledges €2.5 million for preservation of Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus-style architecture

First a new center will be opened to supervise the restoration & preservation of roughly 2,000 buildings, comprising of the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus architecture.

By Itamar Eichner

 

Germany will donate 2.5 million euros over ten years for the preservation of Tel Aviv’s “White City”, German Construction Minister Barbara Hendricks told Mayor Ron Huldai on Thursday, with an initial grant of NIS 250,000.

Restored Bauhaus-style building in Tel Aviv (Photo: Zvika Tishler)Restored Bauhaus-style building in Tel Aviv – Photo: Zvika Tishler

The project coincides with the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations.

The White City, which was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2003, is the largest collection in the world of buildings in the modernist Bauhaus style. Continue Reading »

Germany debates if BDS is anti-Semitic

The German Government opines BDS isn’t anti-Semitic, drawing criticism from many quarters.

 

The German government has recently stated that it has no knowledge of any anti-Semitic actions committed by the BDS movement, thereby opening itself to criticism. Even the opposition was split in its reaction, with some in the Green party condemning the decision, while others found it justifiable. “It’s not helpful to label an entire movement,” Stefan Liebich, an MP from the Left party, told i24news. “Some of what they do can be seen as anti-Semitic, but it would be too easy just to write off an entire movement.”

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“I don’t agree with it,” he emphasized, saying that the call to boycott Israel is inappropriate in Germany. Continue Reading »

Chancellor Merkel: The Federal Republic of Germany will never be neutral on Israel

 

Germany’s chancellor criticizes Israeli settlements, but says the German crime of the Holocaust will always be present, ensuring special relationship between Berlin & Jerusalem.

By JTA

 

 

 

Germany will never be neutral when it comes to Israel, Chancellor Angela Merkel told a Jewish newspaper.

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel – Photo: REUTERS

“The heinous crime committed by Germany against the Jews, the betrayal of all civilized values that was the Shoah, will always be present and we can shape the future of the resulting special relationship between Germany and Israel in awareness of that,” Merkel said in an interview published in the most recent issue of Jewish Voice from Germany.

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German intelligence maintains concealment of Eichmann related materials

German Federal Court rules against intelligence services releasing classified Eichmann files that may reveal the post-war gov’t knew of his whereabouts and gave assistance to Israel’s Mossad in apprehending the Nazi official in Argentina.

By Ynet

A German court has prevented the publication of secret intelligence documents regarding the senior Nazi official Adolf Eichmann, the British paper The Daily Mail has reported.

Eichmann trial – Photo: Government Press Office

Assessments believe that the documents reveal that the West Germany’s intelligence knew of the Nazi officer’s post-war whereabouts, and had in the passed blocked the publication possibly fearing embarrassing senior German officials’ secret Nazi past

The Daily Mail reported that the German Federal Administrative Court rejected Thursday a request lodged by the German daily paper Bild to receive the Eichmann related files. Continue Reading »

Germany backs labeling settlements products from WB

IDF Radio Reports: Berlin supports EU effort to label products originating beyond the ‘Green Line’

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

 

The German government has given its tacit approval of European Union efforts to label products manufactured in Israeli-controlled territory beyond the Green Line, Army Radio reported on Sunday morning.

German Chancellor Merkel and PM Binyamin Netanyahu - Photo: GPO

German Chancellor Merkel & PM Binyamin Netanyahu –  Photo: GPO

The IDF-run radio station said it obtained an official German government document that was produced in response to a parliamentary motion by opposition lawmakers in Berlin. The document reportedly enunciates Germany’s stance on the issue.

“In our view, it is permissible to label products with the ‘Made in Israel’ sticker only if those products are manufactured within the 1967 borders,” reads the document obtained by Army Radio.

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Germany plans to replace Israel in the 2018 UN Security Council

 

Israel has long sought a position on the security council, and it appeared likely when it was scheduled for a seat in 2018, but Germany’s decision to seek the spot eliminates Israel, who lacks the stature to rival Germany’s bid.

By Shlomo Cesana

 

Israel issued a formal complaint against Germany for blocking it from serving on the U.N. Security Council in 2018. Israel has never held a position on the council, although nations such as Syria and Iran have.

The U.N. Security Council – Photo: AP

The Security Council comprises five permanent and 10 rotating members, elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms and chosen from regional groups. Continue Reading »

Berlin rejects idea that Israeli relations hurt by submarine sale to Egypt

Reports in Israeli media suggest that submarine sale to Egypt will damage relations between Jerusalem & Berlin.

By DPA

The German government rejected Monday press reports that Berlin’s relations with Israel had been hit by possible moves to sell German submarines to Egypt.

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An Israeli Dolphin-class submarine in the Mediterranean. – Photo by Tomer Appelbaum

“It has not changed in the German attitude to Israel, or the obligation the German government has to ensure Israel’s security,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular press briefing.

His comments followed a report in the Israeli media on Sunday, which quoted unnamed government sources in Israel as saying the possible submarine sale had resulted in a “dramatic deterioration in the relationship” between the two countries. Continue Reading »

Each year More Germans bequeath their estates to Israel

2012 sees peak in number of aging Germans leaving their money to the State of Israel, due to guilty conscience.

By Itamar Eichner

In recent years it happens more often: a courier enters the Israeli embassy in Berlin carrying a letter from an old German citizen who recently died. In the letter he declares his wish that his estate be donated to the State of Israel. Embassy officials estimate that sometimes these are people who suffer from a guilty conscience over Germany’s dark past.
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This phenomenon has been going on for years with increasing frequency and this year sees a peak in donations, Yedioth Ahronot has learned. Continue Reading »