Report: Germany cancels military subsidy deal with Israel following breakdown of peace negotiations

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 photo: Marc Israel Sellem/jerusalem post feb 2014

Press conference: Merkel and Netanyau Feb 25, 2014 (photo: Marc Israel Sellem/Jerusalem Post )

Is Germany fed up with Israel? Berlin has nixed a deal to give Israel a 30% discount on a $1 billion purchase of German gunboats, allegedly to be used for the protection of Israeli offshore gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea. Reportedly Israeli national security adviser Joseph Cohen claimed Chancellor Angela Merkel made an “explicit” promise to subsidize the purchase of the gun boats during a joint meeting between German and Israeli cabinets last February, but his counterpart, Merkel’s national security adviser Christoph Heusgen, denied that ever happened.

According to Haaretz, Heusgen told Cohen that there was “no chance” Germany’s parliament would approve the deal “given the breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which has been blamed at least partly on Israeli settlement construction.

For anyone following the trajectory of German-Israeli relations, this is long overdue. Back in ’09 at a press conference in Germany during Netanyahu’s first official visit after being elected prime minister, Merkel emphatically called for a full halt on settlement expansion (“Time is of the essence.”).  This was after Cohen’s predecessor, Uzi Arad, had demanded” Merkel not even mention settlements during the press conference lest Netanyahu threaten to cancel the visit!

Later that same year Germany had tried influencing the U.S not to oppose the Goldstone Report at the UN, as a ploy to pressure Israel into complying with a settlement freeze, as revealed by a leaked cable from the U.S. embassy in Berlin. At the time of the leak, in 2010, The Jerusalem Post reported “The WikiLeaks disclosure is said by some in Germany to reveal profound cracks in the “special relationship” between Israel and Germany.”

Fast forward a few years and media reports out of Germany have echoed sentiments those profound cracks were widening, indicating diplomatic relations between the two countries were deteriorating. Reports such as DW‘s A turning point in German-Israeli relations note German public opinion of Israel is on a nosedive (only 14 percent of Germans have a positive view of Israel) and characterize the relationship as “the worst crisis in diplomatic ties since Merkel took office almost 10 years ago.” Published on the eve of Merkel’s 2014 disastrous press conference in Israel with Netanyahu (see photo above) and less than 2 weeks after EU President Martin Schulz speech at Knesset caused an uproar that reverberated in Germany and throughout Europe (but was ignored altogether by the US press!), the delay in any meaningful resolution between Israel and Palestine looms large.

Let’s review what went down last February while Merkel and her cabinet were  visiting Israel. Via The Local Germany’s News in English,  Merkel: Israeli settlement a ‘grave concern’:

“We are looking at the settlements issue with grave concern,” Merkel said at a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We hope it will not stand in the way of a two-state solution and that we can overcome it.”…

Merkel ….. reiterated that Germany adhered to the EU position on settlements, which under guidelines published in July prohibits financial dealings with settlement-based entities.

Hmm. Does that square with Merkel making an explicit promise to subsidize an Israel purchase worth hundreds of millions of dollars with no quid pro quo?

And what does it mean, that Germany adhered to the EU position on settlements under guidelines published last July?  We reported at the time,  the new European Union directive had a territorial clause banning all EU funding of projects in territories occupied by Israel since the ’67 war (pdf). 

Are gunboats supporting settlement expansion? Merkel has stated  Germany “does not support boycotting” Israel ‘proper’, but what about supporting Israeli attacks on fishermen in the Gaza sea?

15th May 2014 | Palestinian Center for Human Rights | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

Israeli Naval forces continued to carry out attacks on Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip during the reporting period[1] (1-30 April 2014), including 11 shooting incidents; 3 chasing incident that led to the arrest of 2 fishermen, and confiscation of 2 fishing boats and fishing equipment (22 pieces of fishing net) belonging to Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Although on 21 May 2013 Israeli authorities limited the fishing distance in Gaza Sea to 6 nautical miles, they neither complied with that distance nor allowed Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip to sail and fish freely, and continued their attacks against them.  PCHR documented all attacks carried out within the distance of 6 nautical miles, which proves that Israeli forces’ policies aim to tighten restrictions on the Gaza Strip’s fishermen and their sources of livelihood.

Violations of the International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

Israel’s attacks against Palestinian fishermen, who do not pose any threat to Israeli soldiers, in the Gaza Strip constitute a flagrant violation of international humanitarian and human rights law, relevant to the protection of the civilian population and respect for its rights, including every person’s right to work, and the right to life, liberty and security of person, as codified in Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), despite the fact that Israel is a State Party to the Covenant.  Furthermore, these attacks occurred in a time where the fishers did not pose any threat to the Israeli naval troops, as they were doing their job to secure a living.  Israeli violations in the reporting period were as follows:

First: Shooting Incidents

During the reporting period, PCHR documented 11 cases in which Israeli forces fired at Palestinian fishermen in the sea off the Gaza Strip shore. Those attacks took place off Beit Lahia shore in the northern Gaza Strip, and Khan Younis shore, in the southern Gaza Strip.  As a result, fishermen were forced to flee and leave the sea in all attacks.  It is noted that all these incidents happened within the 6 nautical miles allowed for fishermen to sail and fish in, according to the cease fire agreement concluded between Israel and Palestinian armed groups under Egyptian and international auspices

What if the gunboats are primarily used to attack those fisherman? Maybe Germans are just fed up with that.

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  1. Daniel Rich
    May 16, 2014, 5:35 pm

    Thank you, Annie.

    Q: but was ignored altogether by the US press!

    R: Isn’t it time to stop mentioning this fact so ‘matter-of-factually’ and be rigorous and courageous enough to find out why this is a very real ‘fact’ [in the US] to begin with?

    Who owns and controls MSM [in the US]?

  2. concernedhuman
    May 16, 2014, 5:50 pm

    This is not the first, Germany has linked some conditions to Submarine deal even which did not bring any change in behavior of israel so it must be that Germany did no give any discount in Gunboat deal .

    The submarines are built by the German shipyard HDW in Kiel. Three submarines have already been delivered to Israel, and three more will be delivered by 2017. In addition, Israel is considering ordering its seventh, eighth and ninth submarines from Germany.

    The German government recently signed the contract for the delivery of the sixth vessel. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, Chancellor Angela Merkel made substantial concessions to the Israelis. Not only is Berlin financing one-third of the cost of the submarine, around €135 million ($168 million), but it is also allowing Israel to defer its payment until 2015.

    Merkel had tied the delivery of the sixth submarine to a number of conditions, including a demand that Israel stop its expansionist settlement policy and allow the completion of a sewage treatment plant in the Gaza Strip, which is partially financed with German money. So far, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met none of the terms.

    submarine deal

  3. BillM
    May 16, 2014, 5:56 pm

    Wow, this is massive if true. Germany has been heavily subsidizing Israel’s navy for years (in a combination of Holocaust guilt and subsidies to the German arms industry). If Germany is pulling back now, at a time when Israel is in the middle of a major naval expansion, this will have real MILITARY repercussions on Israel (sadly the only kind of repercussions that seem to matter).

    • Citizen
      May 16, 2014, 8:05 pm

      Germany has been subsidizing the Israeli Arms Industry for a long time: link to

      If Germany and US cut off their aid to Israel, Israel would actually have to start fixing its human rights abuses. Elected white goys enable Israel’s criminal agenda. Their chump goy taxpayers are asleep while their pockets are picked for this infamy.

      • Denis
        May 17, 2014, 8:30 pm

        Two quick points:

        First, not to be overly picky, but I am certain that the plural is “goyim.”

        Second, this is a Jew v. Muslim problem. You’ve got chutzpah trying to blame us goys goyim. We’re the ones getting fleeced to the tune of $8M/day. It’s the American Jews who are putting the money in the pockets of politicians. AIPAC doesn’t stand for American Goyim Political Action Committee.

    • Ellen
      May 17, 2014, 1:24 pm

      Bill, that Germany has withdrawn it’s subsidy of this deal is true. And yes, this is a big deal.

      This has been a very important deal for Israel and Haaretz was covering it over the past months. It looked like it was going to fail back in February because Israel had violated some other agreements with Germany as reported by Haaretz back in March.

      When Angela was there in February she made assurances the deal was good, BUT for her to get it through the German Parliment, negotiations with the Palestinians must show success. And Germany’s disgust with Israeli violation of international law was made clear. (At one point in 2009 Netanyahu tried to forbid Merkle from making a formal statement to the settlement stealing. He was not successful.)

      The negotiations failed due to Israel reneging on the prisoner release and the illegal settlement expansion continues. So the subsidies, just as Germany warned Israel, are off.

      But the general Israeli Press is saying Germany is acting like the N word and pulled away from a promise. And making bizarre speculation that Obama told Angie what to do.

      Haaretz is the only outlet that reported on this and some Israeli press commented. The German language version of Der Spiegel covered the Haaretz report. Meanwhile Haaretz has gone silent. And absolutely nothing in the U.S press.

      I’d give links but working on a tablet here and will loose this post if I do.

      This has a lot of big implications. And nothing being reported….except by Haaretz and here by Annie.

  4. adele
    May 16, 2014, 6:19 pm

    Merkel ….. reiterated that Germany adhered to the EU position on settlements, which under guidelines published in July prohibits financial dealings with settlement-based entities.

    Israel itself is a settlement-based entity in the sense that the Israeli government is the central planner and coordinator of the settlement building in the OP, and without the IDF they would not be able to steal the land that settlements are built on from Palestinian families/communities/villages; ergo, Israel itself should be boycotted until they abide by international laws.

  5. Palikari
    May 16, 2014, 6:57 pm

    I love the picture! Don’t worry, Germans: you don’t like us and I don’t like you.

    • Citizen
      May 16, 2014, 8:08 pm

      Love that Hitler mustache on Merkyl, a shadow caused by Bibi’s finger. Israel despises the Germans and the Americans, all the while getting tons of cash and free stuff from both. I don’t blame Bibi; I blame stupid Germans and Americans, both of whom allow this to go on, and on.

      • Palikari
        May 16, 2014, 9:41 pm

        I just don’t like German policies, specially the €uroimperialist ones aimed against weaker countries like Greece. They tried to control Europe militarily, they couldn’t; now they are trying to control Europe economically. I don’t despise Germans or Americans. I don’t like anti-Israel Germans or Americans. I have nothing against all Germans or Americans. I studied in the USA and there I made a lot of great American friends. I have only met a few Germans and many of them were nice to me.

        So when I said “I don’t like you” referring to Germans I was only referring to anti-Israel Germans, not all Germans.

    • eljay
      May 16, 2014, 9:16 pm

      >> I love the picture!

      Yup, a photo of King Bibi gazing lustfully at a female Hitler of his own making is pretty amusing.

    • talknic
      May 16, 2014, 10:26 pm

      Palikari “Don’t worry, Germans: you don’t like us and I don’t like you”

      A) “Germans:”? Incl German Jews and their lineal descendants? To whom Germany has granted RoR despite the fact that having citizenship in countries other than the country of return they’re not refugees and despite the fact that they might be critical of the incumbent German Government’s policies

      Quite unlike the Zionist Movement‘s Israel where criticism of the illegal policies of successive Israeli Governments is enough to ban a Jew from Israeli citizenship or even visiting Israel.

      B) “us” being the Zionist Movement’s state in breach of laws and a UN Charter adopted in large part because of what the Nazis did to our Jewish fellows? What’s to like?

      • Hostage
        May 17, 2014, 3:46 am

        To whom Germany has granted RoR . . . unlike the Zionist Movement‘s Israel

        Mondoweiss, EI, et al have been strangely silent about the recent European Court of Human Rights ruling, e.g.
        * Turkey ordered to pay 90m euros over Cyprus invasion link to
        * European court orders Turkey to compensate Cyprus for 1974 invasion link to

        I’m willing to bet that eye-opening legal precedent represents Western/European values that our Zionist friends won’t share or appreciate very much.

    • Bandolero
      May 17, 2014, 2:14 am


      I love the picture! Don’t worry, Germans: you don’t like us and I don’t like you.

      So what?

      I suggest you shall advise Bibi to launch a Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions campaign against Germany. I’m sure it’ll work.

      And best of all, hit Germany where it hurts most: the economy. Feel free to lobby Bibi to ask him to go to Germany’s most valuable trade partner, Shanghai, where all the little Volkswagen are sold nowadays, so that Bibi will go to the central townhall in downtown Shanghai and proclaim there: “Either you do business with Israel or with the Germans, you have to decide!”

      I’m sure that would be most impressive to all Germans.

    • NickJOCW
      May 17, 2014, 9:27 am

      Palikari, not liking someone or something doesn’t mean disliking them or it. There’s a big gap between the two. Indifference is one concept that occupies roughly the centre, ‘having nothing against’ is another. Saying, ‘They’re OK, I suppose’ is yet another, there are innumerable. Is there any particular reason why Germans or anyone else should actively like Israelis?

      • RoHa
        May 17, 2014, 7:44 pm

        ” Is there any particular reason why Germans or anyone else should actively like Israelis?”

        Anyone who doesn’t is an anti-Semite, of course.

    • WeAreAllMadeOfStars
      May 17, 2014, 3:19 pm

      As far as Germany is concerned, nothing to worry about indeed !!

  6. pabelmont
    May 16, 2014, 7:01 pm

    Wonder how Germany feels that 1/4 of Israel’s holocaust survivors are living in poverty after all the restitution money that Germans paid to Israel because of the holocaust? Did the State, the State of the Jewish People, steal the money from the victims? Could that be?

    link to

    • Walid
      May 16, 2014, 9:11 pm

      “Did the State, the State of the Jewish People, steal the money from the victims? Could that be?”

      It has to be, according to the Times of Israel, Germany had paid close to $89 billion in reparations since 1952 to mostly Jewish survivors of Nazi crimes. Add to that the billions that the Swiss were made to pay (some say $7 billions) and the billions the US and Jewish contributors worldwide have paid, the State of the Jewish People evidently did.

      link to

      Now this year American survivors are hitting on the French Railways Systems (SNCF) that already has management contracts on some Amtrak lines in the US and is bidding on the building of 2 high speed rail lines (Florida and California) are being blackmailed to come up with compensation packages for the survivors or else and they have Congressional backing and laws passed for it. The claim is based on the railway company having obeyed Nazi orders to transport 70,000 French and other Jews to the camps in its cattle cars.

      There are still 500,000 survivors left in the world and Israel is going to ride that wave till the last one is gone.

    • Ellen
      May 17, 2014, 2:02 am

      There is no reason any direct victim of the Holocaust should be living in poverty. If so, they were robbed. Again.

      Holocaust victims from Germany and who returned to Germany received significant and direct compensation (true compensation being impossible). They were and are much better off than those who went to Israel.

      • Kay24
        May 17, 2014, 8:18 am

        There was a report some time ago, that the true Holocaust victims were neglected by the Israeli government, and living a hard life in Israel. I think the “mustache” is on the wrong person, considering the Palestinians now go through ethnic cleansing and live under a brutal occupation.
        Bibi will wear it well.

  7. just
    May 16, 2014, 7:07 pm

    Good for Germany. Wish the US would follow suit……

    Really fine article, Annie– thanks!

  8. pabelmont
    May 16, 2014, 9:06 pm

    Love the “Hitler” photo, too!

  9. W.Jones
    May 16, 2014, 9:42 pm

    In Miko Peled’s book he described how another Israeli expat told him how their patrol caught Gazan fisherman who strayed too far and made them tread water until they died.

  10. traintosiberia
    May 16, 2014, 9:42 pm

    May be the money matters less in Germany than it in US to get elected and matters much less for cabinet appointment in Germany than it matters in US,where bipartisan nomination process makes sure that none gets past the door without being analyzed. by Zionist microscope.
    The calling of Netanhyus bluff ( Arad) by German in 2012 shows Israel knows that at the end of the day Israeli threat boils down to corruption or exposing some dirty secrets . Both are in plentiful supply in US and 24/7 in operation. Not in Germany.

  11. DICKERSON3870
    May 16, 2014, 9:49 pm

    RE “Berlin has nixed a deal to give Israel a 30% discount on a $1 billion purchase of German gunboats, allegedly to be used for the protection of Israeli offshore gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea. “ ~ Robbins

    MY COMMENT: I hope that Merkel and Germany will not give in to Israel’s plaintiff wails and other efforts, and reinstate this in the future. Something like this has happened in the past, and Merkel/Germany relented after an aggressive campaign on Israel’s part. When something like that happens, it probably makes Israel think they can always eventually get their way with Germany.
    Consequently, Germany needs to try not to appear to be easily pressured into changing its mind or Israel will never take Germany’s opinions/threats/suggestions seriously.

  12. Bandolero
    May 16, 2014, 9:52 pm

    Thank you, Annie, for this report.

    I guess Bibi Netanyahu will not become friends with Avi Primor again.

    However, one hidden aspect likely playig a role in the story you missed: Ukraine.

    Germany is well aware, that Israel, while publicly displaying a face of complete neutrality, has indirectly via it’s lobby and Israel-firsters played a big role in the crisis in Ukraine. I remember that Steinmeier, Fabius and Sikorsky signed an agreement with Yanukovich in February only to be broken a few hours later. That agreement was very much in line with German financial interests not to spoil relalations with Russia. However, as Russian ambassador Churkin famously said, it looks like somebody spoiled that European agreement. Was it those force who, like Israel-firster Kagan’s wife Nuland, have deep disrespect for the Europeans?

    German politicins are well aware that Israel-firsters like Nuland, McCain & BHL and their Ukrainian tools like the Israeli-Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoisky were all pushing Ukraine into crisis to damage Russia, and they didn’t care at all that conflict with Russia will cost Germany lot’s of money. I can well imagine Israeli government people telling Merkel, that she shouldn’t be angry about it, because her worries are only money, when higher values and friendship in the community of western values are at stake.

    Well, what’s happening now could be payback time. Merkel didn’t prohibit selling German subs to Israel. She just canceled subsidaries, for which, and in doing so, she, of course, has huge public backing in Germany. And it’s tricky. When she is criticized, she can easily argue that canceling subsidaries has nothing to do with friendship and values, but it’s only a minor dispute about money.

    • ToivoS
      May 17, 2014, 2:08 am

      Bando wants us to know: Israel, while publicly displaying a face of complete neutrality, has indirectly via it’s lobby and Israel-firsters played a big role in the crisis in Ukraine.

      Nope you are totally wrong. There happen to be Jews in the US State Dept that have been pushing this crisis in Ukraine. But it has nothing to do with Israel. Israel happens to support Russia. These are American neocons who have formed an alliance with the Brezinzki wing of the American War Party. Complicated for sure, but crazed Poles who have gained influence inside the US government have their own agenda sometimes in opposition to Israels’.

      • Bandolero
        May 17, 2014, 2:42 am


        Do you really believe “crazed Poles” have anything similar to Israel lobby in the US? Come on!

        While it is true that Poland and Lithuania have a role in the power grab of Nazi militias in Ukraine, the fingerprints of the Israel lobby are all over there.

        Have a look at who’s pulling the strings behind Ukraine’s Nazi militias: Nuland, McCain, BHL, Kolomaoisky – it’s all over the fingerprints of Zionist neocons.

        In Ukraine, the big game is all about disrupting western relations with Russia in the service of assumed interests of Israel. Check the many reports of Consortium news on this topic:

        link to

        link to

        link to

        Even the Chinese understand this – and published it:

        link to

        Do you really believe that the Zionist’s ignoring of all the Nazi ideology of the new Ukrainian powers happens somehow accidently? To many poeple it’s very clear, that Ukraine’s brown revolution has strong zionist backing, and Igor Kolomoisky is Israel’s pointman in Ukraine.

      • Annie Robbins
        May 17, 2014, 11:21 am

        thanks for all your links bandolero, much appreciated. i have been following events in the ukraine (somewhat. mostly on moon of alabama), including the agreement that was promptly broken that you mention. i also knew germany was pissed. it will be interesting to observe what kind of role the lobby media plays in bashing germany, subtle and otherwise. speaking of which link to

        i can’t for the life of me imagine a circumstance in which nuland would defy israel’s intent. it’s my understanding the cold war neocons despise russia.

      • piotr
        May 17, 2014, 11:25 am

        I do not think that one can blame Zionists on that. Primarily, this is classic imperialist American attitude: opportunistically collect “our bastard” to add or bolster “American zone of influence”. With Ukraine it does not make much sense for several reason, but that did not stop such activities in the past. Many Zionists are generally active in the foreign policy affairs so there is overlap between “just American imperialists” and “Zionists”, but this is not a Zionist affair. Most pointedly, government of Israel adopted neutral attitude, refraining from any criticism of Russia.

        Disrupting “western relations with Russia” is quite risky for Israel. Russia has money, weapons and contacts, and if Putin adopts fully anti-Western posture, it can be highly unpleasant.

      • libra
        May 17, 2014, 1:12 pm

        Disrupting “western relations with Russia” is quite risky for Israel. Russia has money, weapons and contacts, and if Putin adopts fully anti-Western posture, it can be highly unpleasant.

        Maybe Israel thinks it can play both sides of the street with respect to Russia and America in a similar fashion as to China and America? And with China and India. A bright future as the world’s dishonest broker.

  13. Citizen
    May 16, 2014, 9:53 pm

    A Wikileaks cable published in 2010 predicted the growing friction between Germany and Israel over the settlement expansion–why didn’t Bibi understand Abbas can’t move when Palestinians are getting eviction notices daily from their own homes due to settlement expansion? link to

  14. Citizen
    May 16, 2014, 10:10 pm

    Nuland and hubby are deep, deep dyed in the wool Zionists. They harbor no concern about Germany or America at all; they view both countries as fodder for Israel’s horse.

  15. eGuard
    May 17, 2014, 7:28 am

    Let’s not forget that Germany is building submarines for Israel (50% discount) that can carry nuclear arms. The same submarines that Israel will use to threaten Germany & Europe.

  16. Kay24
    May 17, 2014, 7:31 am

    Finally, Germany is able to say “NO” to Israel. I think they must be rather tired of being reminded how much they are owed for generations. It is time Israel was shown, that if it does not cooperate with the rest of the world, and keeps behaving like a rogue state, rejecting peace, there will be consequences. Hopefully other nations (not the slaves in the US, of course), will begin to do the same. Time for tough love.

  17. piotr
    May 17, 2014, 12:49 pm

    I think that the ramification of Merkel’s move goes beyond the issue of submarines. My understanding of EU “processes” is that EU countries defer quite a bit to various bureaucratic procedures and stands, not that they have to, but otherwise it is very hard to get consensus on anything. And one of those stands was that however irritating Israeli conduct may be, increasing support to Palestinians or sanctioning Israel should be postponed in the name of fostering the peace process.

    Thus as long as the peace process could be viewed as alive, and alternatively, government of Israel could be held blameless for a temporary demise of that process, EU would not do anything beyond rather symbolic micro-steps. But now the latest zombie of Das Prozess is prone on the ground with a dagger in its back, and Israeli fingerprints on that dagger. Additionally, the fingerprints are declared to be Israeli by American officials (thus ignoring those fingerprints is not ingratiating toward USA, why do you thing governments like Latvia or Poland ever side with Israel? surely not because of domestic lobbies or trying to get more votes).

    PS. I tried to construct a suitable metafor. Peace process was only a simulacrum, so more like a zombie than a living entity, but a zombie cannot be killed with a simple stab in the back. So I must stress that it was not a robust zombie so familiar from the horror movies but a rather shoddy and feeble specimen.

    • piotr
      May 17, 2014, 12:59 pm

      The latest news on resurrecting corpses, as I was checking Google News:

      New York Daily News

      The reportedly executed ex-lover of Kim Jong Un seems to be very much alive
      New York Daily News
      North Korean singer Hyong Song Wol is seen Friday on state-run television speaking to a rally. She appears not to be dead after all.

  18. German Lefty
    May 17, 2014, 6:17 pm

    Thanks for the article, Annie.

    Here’s the German-language SPIEGEL article on this issue: link to
    As usual, there are no comments allowed for fear that readers could write “mean things” about Israel.

    Here’s the WELT article: link to
    So far, there are 27 reader comments. A few commenters side with Israel. Most don’t.
    – One commenter assumes that the refusal to subsidise will be taken back when the European Parliament election (25th May) is over. The implication here is that the government only denies the subsidies to attract voters.
    – Another commenter writes that the refusal to subsidise is not enough. He suggests that Germany should double the price because of the settlement expansion and the failed peace talks.
    – Another commenter draws a parallel between Nazi crimes and Zionist crimes. This is only done very indirectly because otherwise the comment would not have been published.
    – Another commenter mentions AIPAC. He says that Germany was “blackmailed” by Israel in the past. He points out that the German army is ill-equipped while the good stuff goes to Israel for free or at a discount.
    – Another commenter writes that Germany should look for new groups of customers for its weapons. He suggests the Palestinians as customers.
    – Some commenters say that they are sick of Israel’s attempts to make Germany feel guilty about the past. The German government must not fall for this tactic.
    – Many commenters say that German tax payers should not fund Israeli weapons.
    – Many commenters write that Germany should NOT sell any military equipment to a country in a crisis region AT ALL.

    OT: As the thread on the ADL survey is closed, I post the link to the Huffington Live segment “What Fuels Modern Anti-Semitism?” here.
    link to

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