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Posted on Feb 25, 2011
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly strongly rebuked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a telephone call between the two leaders, claiming that Netanyahu “hasn’t made a single step to advance peace,” echoing a larger European sentiment that Israel is stalling or impeding progress.

Merkel has been a leading voice in condemning Israeli settlement activity. —JCL

The Guardian:

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has sternly rebuked the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, in an unusually fractious telephone call, according to media reports.

Netanyahu had done nothing to advance the peace process, Merkel said in a conversation this week, reported in the Israeli daily Haaretz.

The Israeli prime minister telephoned Merkel on Monday to say he was disappointed that Germany had voted for a UN security council resolution condemning settlements that was vetoed by the US.

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By bob, February 28, 2011 at 9:56 am Link to this comment
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Look at Netanyanhu.  Everything says insanity.  His face, his eyes, they way he stands, the quavering in his voice.  His evil is eating him from the inside out.

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By Peter Knopfler, February 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm Link to this comment

When it comes to Israel-Jews Germany has nothing bto
say, they support IRAN e3ven on Black September.
Germany does not have a good rep with Jews over the
age of 60, 30% of Israeli population are camp
survivors or like myself children from camp
survivors. German education today school kids know
nothing about ww2, I talked to German tourists, other
day, 33 and 42 years old and questioned education
they knew little to nothing and have no desire to
know. Polish PM is right He must have had some
experience with Jews in Poland. Germans supported the
Iranians against Jews every time so for Germany to
talk of Peace? Shutup for 100 years and learn
something, Germans always in denial, look the
relationship with Arabs. Hitler and his Arab fans,
read Edwin Black the Farhud book .com and you too
will tell Germany to shut the F up! Germany´s
relationship with the ARABS, Allah boss in Heaven
Hitler boss on earth, big poster all over middle
east, Many Arabs names their children HITLER. Do not
let the Nazi´s fool you they went under ground and
came up in the CORPORATE DICTATORSHIP.20,000 Nazi
officers, scientist, went to EGYPT, LIBYA,and Tunis.

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By Paolo, February 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps the Germans have gotten to the point where they can criticize the Israelis without automatically being accused of antisemitism. If only this were true of the United States!

As a libertarian, I think our official policy towards Israel (and all other countries, for that matter) should be: Hands Off!

The United States should adopt official neutrality, like Sweden and Switzerland. Heaven knows we can’t afford these constant entanglements in foreign affairs. We’re broke. Busted.

Having said that, and speaking only theoretically, I don’t support ANY religious/ethnic state. I don’t believe there should be such a thing as a “Jewish State,” just as there should be no such thing as an “Islamic State” or even a “Christian State.” Mixing state and religion is inherently dangerous, no matter which religion you choose.

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By Arabian Sinbad, February 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment

What should be the focus of worthy reporting and discussion about current affairs is not Merkel’s rebuking the head of a terrorist, fascist entity for not advancing the cause of so-called peace.

Advancing peace by a colonialist, apartheid, terrorist entity, like Israel, is by its very nature a total contradiction. So I am not about to celebrate Merkel’s so-called rebuke as worthy of being important news, for words will always remain words, and what the world needs against Israel’s occupation and terrorism in Palestine is real action.

In Light of this, what is more worthy of reporting and discussion, and essentially outrage, is the US veto against condemning Israel in the United Nation. This dishonorable and hypocritical stand of the US support for Israeli terrorism and occupation is far below basic reason, decency and human rights. In fact, if Americans were not psychologically defeated and brainwashed, their government support for Israeli wrongs and terrorism would have warrant massive demonstrations not unlike the ones we have been watching lately in the Arab world.

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By Antinazionista, February 27, 2011 at 11:35 am Link to this comment


That is a brilliant bit of work there. As you say the
pictures say it German Nazis/Jewish Nazis - one and the same.

I’ll be using that link henceforth, and I suggest the
rest of you do too. There’s an awful lot of people
out there that still need to know what’s going on in
occupied Palestine, so if all you do is preach to the
converted here, then start posting on other sites
where people are less knowledgeable - particularly
American sites.

Loss of US support can do a lot to end this stealth

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By NZDoug, February 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment

As the Middle East and the world beg for leadership in that area, the Israeli/USA
zionist combo plat their game of petty theft with lies, murder and terrorism via
‘settlements” which are illegal-article 242 UN Declarations.1967.
Give it as google.

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By berniem, February 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm Link to this comment

Except for some mythological verbiage in the OT about The Ultimate Dictator confirming on his alleged “Chosen People” the environs of what is commonly known as Israel in perpetuity, and so graciously mapped out by the British as Trans Jordan and Palestine after WWI, what and where exactly was the kingdom of Israel and how long did it exist as a viable political entity? Seems historically that that piece of real estate at one time or another was claimed by the Hittites, Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Persia, the Greeks, Rome, Islam, the Ottomans, Christians, and one European nation or another given any particular era. Also, when one looks, the numerous monuments of antiquity: the pyramids, palaces, temples, etc. of the numerous civilizations that populated the area are readily observed; but what of those of ancient Israel other than the ones that exist in legend or myth? Too, if the decendants of ancient Israel are Semitic and those who question any actions of the current incarnation are duly labled “anti” thereof, why is it that the bulk of those holding sway in Israel derive their origins primarily from Eastern Europe? I’m sure this is due, undoubtedly, to the diasporas occuring at varying times across history and consequent assimilation. The Palestinian people, who are Semitic as well as Arab, have lived in that area for millenia with Semitic Jews and who knows how many other indigenous peoples and have also suffered the vagaries of conquest, enslavement, and colonialization and are thus entitled to claim that territory as their homeland, albeit without the official bestowal by The Ultimate Dictator which as far as I’m concerned is a bunch of superstitious drivel. Like it or not, Israel was a contrived nation slapped together after WWII by the victors as a means of atoning for having done nothing to prevent what became the Holocaust and as a means of unloading as much their own Jewish populations as possible before Anti-Semitism again became a problem for the righteous souls of the christian West!

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By PatrickHenry, February 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment


At the end of the day that is the only thing Israel has, propaganda.

Any nation with a billion dollar military can beat up on kids and women.  If it wasn’t Palestine our President and the media would be speaking out about it like they are about Libya.

“By way of deception thou shalt do war”

Is more appropriately:

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive”

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By samosamo, February 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment


“”“At a joint press conference on Thursday with the Polish
prime minister, Donald Tusk, Netanyahu said he expected
Poland to be robust in defending Israel when it took over the
presidency of the European Union on 1 July.

“We have two expectations: upgrading Israel’s standing in the
EU and upgrading the truth,” he said. “Israel is fighting for its
right to exist, to live in security and exist at all, against
ceaseless waves of attacks.”“”

izrael ‘upgrading the truth’. Now there is incredible piece of
Orwellian doublespeak. Never known the izrael of late to have
much resemblance of the truth unless it was ‘izrael will
continue bombing gaza and tearing down home and shooting
the men, women and children’. Gotta hand it to those zionist
leaders of the sub-state of izrael, they really pracitice their
propaganda well.

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By sharonsj, February 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment
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Still waiting to read what she thinks he ought to do.  Where are the specifics?

Meanwhile the people who don’t know history still think that Jews don’t belong in what they call the “occupied” territories.  When the U.N. partitioned the area, it set aside Gaza and the West Bank and called them the “unassigned” territories—meaning they weren’t assigned to a specific country. 

Jews lived in many of the areas in the West Bank but were forced out.  You keep saying Israel is apartheid, but there are no laws keeping people out of Israel according to race or religion.  However, both Jordan and the Palestinians refuse to let Jews become citizens or own land.  Isn’t that real apartheid?

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By Kjeld, February 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment

Wish we had a President with this courage. Not that it would sway Netanyahu, a hawk’s
hawk. But it would show the rapidly shifting Middle East that this Country is not entirely
in the pocket of Israel.

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By gerard, February 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment

And just in case anyone misunderstands my previous post:  I’m NOT defending the Israeli government’s behavior toward Palestinians.  I think it’s atrocious. I also think there are deep psychological reasons for it that have never been approached, vented, understood, healed, dealt with openly—whatever.
  Violence, is violence, is violence ad nauseum. It sickens both perpetrators and victims, inevitably.
Once we get that point into our dumb heads, (and understand all the results on all sides) things will start to improve.
  PS 2—I’m very suspicious of advice like “putting things in perspective”—usually uttered by people who are not directly involved in the trauma, who don’t want to be bothered with it.

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By gerard, February 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

LaFayette:  It’s not a question of “who has the balls” but of who could possibly influence Netanyahu to change his psychology and his tactics—or influence other Israelis to influence Netanyahu. (I’m referring here, of course, to the old “pot-and-kettle” adage. Maybe I’m wrong, of course, but I doubt it. There’s a huge memeory-hole involved here, don’t you think?
  I’m all in favor of your “more measured approach to Israel” and all that, but trauma is trauma—a beast that isn’t easily “put in proper perspective.”
  P.S.  The next question would be “What is ‘proper’ perspective, anyway? Who says so?

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By Robert, February 26, 2011 at 11:46 am Link to this comment


July 8, 2010

Netanyahu for sure didn’t bring along this album….. strangely enough, neither did Abbas on his last visit. Seems that President Obama never saw these….

Maybe it’s time…..


GERMANY 1940           ISRAEL 2009-2010


Click on link to view photos/comparisons…Israel/Zionism has become what it despises…Nazis!!!

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By CJ, February 26, 2011 at 11:34 am Link to this comment

Absolutely nothing could be more ironically richer than this bit of news. Good for

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By PatrickHenry, February 26, 2011 at 9:45 am Link to this comment

What do you mean ‘rebuked’. 

Did Merkel strongly buke him in the past?

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By TDoff, February 26, 2011 at 9:13 am Link to this comment

This is just another chapter in the long story of the Zionists having a lot of problems with moustachioed German leaders.

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By Mike3, February 26, 2011 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

Merkel rebuked Netanyahu? And I thought she was useless!

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By Ray Duray, February 26, 2011 at 7:58 am Link to this comment

mick in nz,

Who were the first terrorists in the Middle East? There’s Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, and the British gassing the masses in Iraq in the 1920s that all preceded the Israeli thugs in the 1940s.

Not to diminish the fact that the Israelis are brutal dishonest fascists for the most part.

For a humorous view of Anglo-American Imperial policy to “Bring Democracy To The Middle East” I encourage people to watch Rob Newman’s “History of Oil”. It’s a marvelously entertaining way to learn some actual history of the region:

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By Antinazionista, February 26, 2011 at 5:15 am Link to this comment

My post comparing German crimes against humanity to
Apartheid Israeli crimes against humanity has been

This is disappointing, especially when so many are
promoting Truthdig’s more open forum compared to the
supposedly heavily-censored AOL-Huffington Post, where
I post regularly on the topic.

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By Lafayette, February 26, 2011 at 4:50 am Link to this comment


gerard: The last nation in the world that has any chance at all of influencing Israel would be Germany, right?

I can’t agree with this.

Merkel is the only European leader who has had the balls (sic!) to confront Netanyahu and his Sephardic Knotheads who think mistakenly the West Bank is historically part of Greater Israel.

The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine settled that matter in 1947. The Jews and the Palestinians have been bickering about it ever since.

Israel has no right whatsoever to be settling occupied territory. I say a better and more effective tool to bring Isarel into line is to withhold the $2.8B grant that Uncle Sam makes to the country every year.

Money talks, whilst the lack of funding shouts. Besides, Americans by a great margin are in a mood to reduce foreign aid.


When are Americans going to understand that the Palestinian Plight, which has been ongoing since the 1950s, is a key reason for recruiting ignorant kids to blow themselves up to kill both American soldiers and innocent civilians.

Finally, with Obama, we may have a chance to change this mentality towards Uncle Sam, if only we can have a more measured approach to Israel.

By finding an agreement between Israel and a Palestinian State, that clearly delineates a Palestinian Homeland, America will defuse much of the animosity that Middle-east Muslims harbor towards the US.

Why not give peace a chance by addressing the real bottleneck to Middle-east peace?

What happened in Germany sixty-years ago to the Jews is a sad part of World History. But, let’s put it in proper prospective. The Holocaust is no reason to give preferential treatment to the Jewish state at the expense of the Palestinian State.

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By Observer, February 26, 2011 at 4:28 am Link to this comment
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel for once got it right!
It`s about time that >this German Official< is showing some >Balls< for once and calls time-out on Israel - unlike most of her male Politicians.
In any case,way too many top officials,from countries
around the world,don`t seem to have >any Balls< when it
comes to address this issue on any Diplomatic Level.
Point in view >the USA-No Balls,but a big ball-less Ass-kisser< !

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By JC_Budmo, February 26, 2011 at 2:56 am Link to this comment
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When are the Germans going to get wise to the fact that
the money they give Apartheid Israel for their crimes
against humanity is being used by Apartheid Israel for
crimes against humanity.

Merkel’s criticism is welcome, but we need a Europe-
wide boycott of Apartheid Israel and severe sanctions
imposed until they withdraw to the 1967 borders and
submit their many, many War Criminals to justice at the

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By gerard, February 26, 2011 at 1:21 am Link to this comment

The last nation in the world that has any chance at all of influencing Israel would be Germany, right?
Merkel should save her breath.  Sigmund Freud, maybe—but he’s dead, unfortunately.

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By Robespierre115, February 26, 2011 at 12:57 am Link to this comment

The same way the US is sanctioning the lunatic Gaddafi, sanctions should be imposed on lunatic Israel.

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By mick in nz, February 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm Link to this comment

Hidden history ...


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By mick, February 25, 2011 at 11:54 pm Link to this comment
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Forgotten history we keep repeating the mistakes of the past.Israel is not after peace and America is not an honest broker in the so called “Peace process”.


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By gerard, February 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm Link to this comment

If there is one thing the United States should learn from what is going on now in the Middle East, it is that if you support wrong-doing by foreign government officials and sell them weapons, you are colluding with wrong-doing and cannot escape from the blow-back.  The millions of ordinary people who suffer because of your collusion will despise you.

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By PatrickHenry, February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm Link to this comment

Merkel ought to call up Obama and give him a dose as well considering the last UNSC vote.  cool mad

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