Max has had a bad experience being stereotyped, so responds with some stereotypes of his own, and neither side has really understood much.
He ought to study the history of Germany in more detail before making such claims as he does here, and also not fall into the trap of generalizing about Germans so glibly. As a result of being smashed to pieces during and after the war, with also massive German mortality (well over 10 million all told, and mass rapes, torture etc) and destruction, as well as guilt, both real (where appropriate) and assigned (by the occupiers who were themselves far from spotless), and controlled by the occupiers for decades in one form or another, and Germany’s ongoing economic and other vulnerability, Jews and the Holocaust are still exceptionally sensitive topics there, understandably enough, especially as far as the establishment is concerned. However a majority according to some surveys of the German population does not support the harsher aspects of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, and a considerable amount of critique of it (within certain bounds) has emerged. To lump all Germans together pretty much (non-“whites” excepted) is just a shallow generalization, and it’s really off the mark to claim that Germany’s problem is “privileged whiteness” which can only be solved by making Germany literally and figuratively less “white”. It’s also nonsense to claim Germany is the “whitest” society in the world; apart from some smaller European nations which are literally “more white”, nations like the US and Britain act in a more “white” (ie moralizing interventionist/arguably neo-colonialist) fashion than Germany, which is still thankfully rather hesitant to engage in such heroics, as a result of having learned (at least to that extent) the ‘lessons’ Max claims have not been learned.
It’s understandable Max is a bit disgusted by his experience at the hands of the guardians of rectitude in Germany, who can be over-zealous and hyper-touchy (as well as sometimes simply innaccurate) in their reactions on this whole question, but he should not respond in similarly simplistically judgemental (and even more generalizing) fashion. It simply has to be accepted that Germany is and will remain very limited in its ability to strongly criticize Israel, and be satisfied at least in fair measure that Germany does not engage in destructive interventions etc generally, and does actually sometimes issue criticism where really called for, and at least sometimes abstains from supporting Israel automatically on every issue, as well as supporting the general consensus on the Israel-Palestine issue (two-state solution etc). It’s quite impossible to expect Germany to be able to be a leading champion of Palestinian rights, ahead of the US even, given the facts of history and realities of power. But by addressing the issues in a way that does not stereotype and insult the Germans generally for a situation they are basically stuck with whether they like it or not, he may at least get a hearing from more than he will like this.
Re the arms ‘sales’, given the huge discounts (100% in some cases like the first subs) that Germany gives to Israel, it can hardly be considered a very profitable ‘trade’ for Germany. Also the idea that Israel needs Germany to ‘retrofit’ the subs for nuclear capability is wrong, the tubes just had to be widened, which Israel is surely capable of on its own, but might as well have them delivered as such, on the basis of frogman access etc (in fact a legitimate specification anyway).