Paying lip service, just like they do during Holocaust memorial services…
A prominent German-Iranian dissident, Nasrin Amirsedghi, responded to the tweet of Merkel’s podcast from her spokesman Steffen Seibert, stating “It is only lip service and nothing more. There is no credible belief, otherwise your government would behave differently toward the mullah regime.”
MERKEL STAYS SILENT ON PRO-IRAN POLICY AHEAD OF ISRAEL VISIT
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Saturday in a podcast video that the Federal Republic and Israel share a unique relationship, but she remained silent about her country’s support for the Iran nuclear deal and trade with the regime that calls for the Jewish state’s destruction.
“A unique relationship connects Germany and Israel. We can be grateful that we are today close partners and friends,” said Merkel in advance of the seventh German-Israel joint cabinet consultation, slated to take place in the first week of October in Jerusalem.
Merkel, however, was silent on her government’s advocacy for the controversial 2015 Iran atomic deal that Israel vehemently opposes because of its alleged defects, including permitting the Islamic Republic a legal path after the agreement’s expiration to build a nuclear weapons device.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alluded to his frustration with Europe in his speech to the UN General Assembly last in week that could be viewed as part of the growing German-Israeli rift over Merkel’s pro-Iran deal position: “Europe and others are appeasing Iran by trying to help it bypass those new sanctions,” stated Netanyahu.
Merkel and her social democratic foreign minister Heiko Maas support the European Union’s “special purpose vehicle (SPV)” mechanism to permit financial transactions with Iran. The SPV will undercut powerful US financial and energy sanctions on Iran’s regime slated to go into effect on November 5.
Merkel said in the podcast that because of the Holocaust, “Germans carries a special responsibility for the relationship to Israel.” She said Germany supports a two-state solution – a Jewish state and Palestinian state.