Is German Chancellor Angela Merkel Pro-Israel and Pro-American?
Rhetoric vs. action.
9:30 AM, Sep 30, 2010 • By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
Merkel's top diplomat, German foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, like his Swiss counterpart Calmy-Rey, requires a remedial course in understanding eliminatory anti-Semitism. Iranian president Ahmadinejad delivered his vile tirade accusing the U.S government as the engine behind the 9/11 attacks “to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime.” His oft-repeated hatred of the Jewish state reached its zenith last week when he said, “All values, even the freedom of expression in Europe and in the United States, are being sacrificed at the altar of Zionism.”
The U.S mission spokesman Mark Kornblau did not shy away and issued the right formulations: “Rather than representing the aspirations and goodwill of the Iranian people, Mr Ahmadinejad has yet again chosen to spout vile conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic slurs that are as abhorrent and delusional as they are predictable.”
As the popular German blogger Thomas von der Osten-Sacken pointed out on the Free Iran website, Westerwelle merely termed Ahmadinejad's hate “rhetorically confused” and “distasteful lapses.” In contrast, Westerwelle had labeled the crackpot preacher Terry Jones's proposed Koran book burning “religious terrorism.” It is a tospy-turvy world when Germany's foreign minister gets more bent out of shape about a crazy preacher than an insane tyrant who is about to acquire nuclear weapons.
Westerwelle and Merkel went to great lengths last week in New York to promote Germany's candidacy for a non-standing seat in the UN Security Council. Canada and Portugal are also competing for the UN Security Council seat. Given Germany's recalcitrant position toward clamping down on its trade with Iran and shutting the Hamburg-based Iranian terror bank EIH, the Obama administration should consider the Merkel administration's woefully flawed Iran policy as a factor in blocking its UN Security Council bid. Canada has employed a harder line against the Iranian regime and merits a role on the Security Council.
Benjamin Weinthal is a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.