Reaktionen in Israel auf das Abschneiden der AfD bei den Bundestagswahlen

Eine erste Stellungnahme in Auszügen zum Abschneiden der AfD bei den Bundestagswahlen von Moshe Zimmerman und Shimon Stein in Haaretz vom 25. September.

Why Israel Won’t Condemn the Shocking Success of Germany’s Far-right Extremists

After its improper, evasive, even complicit responses to Charlottesville, to Trump and to Hungary’s anti-Semitic anti-Soros campaign, it’s no surprise that Israel’s response to neo-Nazis in the Bundestag is a deafening silence

Here Israel cannot waver: The AfD politicians pulled the usual trick – they were also eager to show their support for Israel or brag about Jews joining the party, and on top of it referred to the „common adversary“: the mainly Muslim refugees/infiltrators ‚flooding‘ into Germany. Will this bear-hug do the trick? No objective observer can have any doubts: This alleged alliance against Muslims or Arabs, suggested by the AfD and other populists, is a pitfall which Israel must avoid at all costs. Not only is it an imagined alliance; it is a betrayal of the fight against anti-Semitism and of the basic human values of Zionism. Israelis should have shown more esteem for Angela Merkel’s welcome gesture towards the refugees. A blind eye to racism and intolerance in Germany, in Europe, for the sake of getting support for the present Israeli policies in the occupied territories is a disgrace. The AfD is more than just another populist, racist European Party. It is a movement that intends to turn the clock back on democratic Germany’s effort to learn from its terrible past for the sake of an enlightened and tolerant future. Official Israel must to join the anti-AfD majority in Germany in its fight against the enemies of an open society.

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