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September 26, 2017 11:23 am

German Far-Right Leader Questions Country’s Relationship With Israel

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Alexander Gauland in 2014. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – The leader of the far-right political party Alternative for Germany (AfD) Monday questioned why Israel’s existence should remain a German national interest, following his party’s third-place finish in Sunday’s election.

“If Israel’s existence is part of the German national interest then we would have to be prepared to send German soldiers to defend the Jewish state,” AfD co-leader Alexander Gauland told reporters Monday, referring to the issue as “problematic” for Germany.

Gauland reiterated his position in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, saying, “German society doesn’t really understand what the significance is. That is, that German soldiers would fight and die alongside Israeli soldiers.”

The far-right leader’s comments came during the same press conference in which he said Jews have nothing to fear from his party’s electoral victory.

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“There is nothing in our party, in our program, that could disturb the Jewish people who live here in Germany,” he said.

AfD garnered around 13 percent of the vote in Germany’s national election, finishing behind Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats and the center-left Social Democratic Party.

German Jewish leader Charlotte Knoblock, president of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria as well as a former president of the German Jewish Council, called AfD’s electoral showing a “true nightmare.”

“This changes the political debate and culture and affects the image of Germany in the world,” she said.

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  • Gastwirt

    No, he actually questioned that the others who routinely insist Israel’s existence is critical for Germany are willing to back up the words with deeds. And considering our record in the UN, EU and with anti Israel NGO he’s right.

  • Karl

    every nationalist, including Hebrew nationalists, should encourage Germans to follow a policy of strictly placing their own national interest first and foremost. I welcome the statements of Mr Gauland. Israel is not dependent upon the existence of Germany – and Germany is not dependent upon the existence of Mozambique, of Iceland – or of Israel. Mr Gauland CORRECTLY stated that German parents should not be asked to send their children to guard Israel’s border.

    We should further note that all the whiny, loudmouth Jews in Germany, America and UK, should start serving as Border Police Volunteers in Jerusalem, before they even DREAM of criticizing Gentiles in other countries