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January 30, 2014 1:41 pm

Former German FM Fischer in Tehran: West Give Up Support for Israel? ‘Forget it, Never’

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Former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. Photo: WikiCommons.

Former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. Photo: WikiCommons.

Former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said he answered a question from a group of Iranian students in Tehran on when the West might give up its support for Israel, with, “Forget it. Never.”

The interaction was reported at the Iran – Israel Observer blog by Iranian-Israeli Meir Javedanfar, who attended Wednesday’s ‘Security Challenges of the 21st Century’ conference at Tel Aviv’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), where he heard the story.

“Joscha Fisher: ‘I was asked in #Iran (Tehran) by students when West will give up its support for #Israel. I told them: forget it. Never’,” he tweeted following the event.

Fischer served as Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany in the cabinet of Gerhard Schröder from 1998 to 2005.

Javedanfar teaches “Contemporary Iranian Politics” at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, and runs a political consulting firm, the Middle East Economic and Political Analysis Company.

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  • Joe Ozer

    Thank you Mr. Fischer for your good words.

  • Steven B

    Israel is the west’s only tool needed to give the Arab’s a hard time. If it wasn’t for Israel tying down seven Arab armies all of the time, oil would probably be $200 per barrel and Europe would be 75% Muslim.

  • Shaun Donaldson

    The West needs Israel more than it sometimes likes to admit.

  • rachel robinson

    Israel can use all the support she can have, even from a Green-radical leftist, better than non green radical rightist.

    • zeynep

      I don’t know the details of this story, but I am positive that the statement is a lamentation on Fischer’s part and not a greenish-radical leftist support as you seem to be perceiving it, Rachel.

      • Lynne t

        Fischer is a probable exception amongst the Green Party types. His revulsion over the murder of Jews at Entebbe caused him to make a major shift in his personal politics — eschewing all violence and promoting democratic means of dispute resolution.

        Fischer was more likely telling these young Iranians that they were travelling up a dead end.

  • Eric R.

    Fischer, being a Green-radical leftist, simply is not believable on this. Radical leftists want Israel wiped out.

    • dings

      This does not make sense. If you care about social equality you go to Israel, not Gaza.

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