Thursday, 23 July 2009


'Germany Has a Duty to Warn Israel on Settlements'

It's time Germany toughened its stance on Israel in response to the continued construction of settlements, write German media commentators. Support for Israel may be part of the bedrock of German foreign policy -- but honest words are needed to warn Israel of the risks its policy entails, they say.

An ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel this week criticized Israeli government policy in comments that were unusually strong for a German politician. Ruprecht Polenz, a member of Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats and chairman of parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, warned Israel that it risks "political suicide" if it goes on building settlements in the Palestinian territories.

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