German Chancellor Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu meet in Berlin (Photo: AFP)
YNetNews By: Reuters
‘The guidelines of German Middle East policy have not changed,’ says German gov’t official in the wake of report Berlin was mulling to end its ‘unconditional support’ for Israel.
BERLIN – A German government official denied on Sunday a magazine report which said Berlin might end its unconditional support for Israel due to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s increasing frustration with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies.
Germany has for decades felt duty bound to support Israel because of the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis in the Holocaust.
But Der Spiegel reported that senior government officials are concerned that Netanyahu is exploiting Germany’s friendship for his own political ends and believe Berlin should adopt a more critical stance.
Asked to comment on the report, a government official told Reuters: “The guidelines of German Middle East policy have not changed.”