The head of Germany’s nearly 100,000 Jewish community blasted the president of the federal republic, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on Monday for sending a congratulatory telegram to the Iranian regime to honor the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Islamic Republic.
Dr. Josef Schuster, the chairman of the Jewish community, told the Bild paper “On the Federal President’s congratulatory telegram on the anniversary of the revolution in Iran, routine diplomacy seems to have supplanted critical thinking. It is incomprehensible that by the topic of Iran the presidential office apparently lacked the necessary sensitivity. If there was a need to congratulate on this anniversary, the President would at least have to find clear words of criticism of the regime. “
Schuster added “I expect the Federal President to take the next opportunity to make clear to Iran the critical attitude of the Germans in whose name he speaks.” Steinmeier has refused to congratulate US president Trump on his election victory in 2016 and called him a “hate preacher.” However, the social democratic president Steinmeier has sent congratulation remarks to authoritarian leaders such as president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey and Russian president Vladimir Putin on their questionable election victories.
The Israeli-Palestinian psychologist and Islam expert Ahmad Mansour wrote on Twitter: “Did not the same Steinmeier refuse to congratulate Trump? Why is he setting different standards for Iran? Iran is the export world champion of anti-Semitism, is actively involved in the killings of Jews, thousands in Syria, homosexuals in their own country.”