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The end of Israeli exceptionalism: Germany (Germany!) has a Mossad agent arrested

According to Maariv, Israeli officialdom is shocked that it’s “great friend” Germany actually requested that Poland arrest and extradite a Mossad agent suspected of involvement in forging its passports (full translated text at bottom):

Israel may have a problem with public opinion in Germany and with left-leaning political groups that criticize its policy, but as a whole Germany is defined by political sources as “one of Israel’s patrons in Europe.” One of the reasons is Germany’s responsibility for the Holocaust, but it is also because of strategic interests, including relations on the security and intelligence level.

Indeed, as Yediot pundit Eitan Haber notes in a column entitled “Time to sober up Israel,” even Israeli exceptionalism has its limits:

We thought we deserve everything, after the Holocaust and the six million dead. The world was silent while our grandparents were being burned? Well, the world shall pay. We deserve everything. Yet how come we didn’t realize that one of these days, the memory of the Holocaust will nearly evaporate in the world’s political corridors?

The Camera Quintet, a mythical Israeli satire group, tried to convey this message to the Israeli public years ago. Watch this skit, entitled “World Athletics Championship 1995, Stuttgart, Germany,” it’s mostly in English:

Not many in Israel were listening then and, to use Haber’s analogy, the resulting hangover is painful.

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Astonishment in Israel: Israel’s great friend Germany issued an arrest warrant

Eli Bardenstein, Maariv, June 13 2010 [Hebrew original here and at bottom of post]

Israel was not really surprised when the UK decided to expel the Mossad representative following the entanglement of the affair. It was not really that panicked neither by the Australian decision to expel an Israeli diplomat, nor by the Irish announcement it intended to expel one of the security officials from the Israeli Embassy in Dublin. But when it learned that Germany had issued an arrest warrant against an Israeli citizen on suspicion of his involvement in the assassination, political sources in Israel were shocked.

Germany, one of the three strongest countries in Europe, is considered one of Israel’s greatest friends in Europe and in the EU.

Israel may have a problem with public opinion in Germany and with left-leaning political groups that criticize its policy, but as a whole Germany is defined by political sources as “one of Israel’s patrons in Europe.” One of the reasons is Germany’s responsibility for the Holocaust, but it is also because of strategic interests, including relations on the security and intelligence level. The intelligence cooperation between Israel and Germany is very tight. The German authorities give the Mossad a great amount of freedom in their territory.

That is why many in the Israeli political and military establishment were surprised by the German measure. “Could our great partner in Western Europe be changing its policy towards Israel?” political officials wondered.

Poland is also considered a great friend of Israel.

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Categories: Diplomacy, Hasbara
  1. June 14, 2010 at 11:51

    I am hoping that this arrest will do more good for Israel than bad, coming as it has from Germany. Israel can see this as a collectice shot across the bow of its shifting-to-the-right perspective. Perhaps in response to this Israel can re-examine the dissapearing art of restraint.

  2. adamjamesgray
    June 14, 2010 at 12:03

    I am hoping that this arrest will do more good for Israel than bad, coming as it has from Germany. Israel can see this as a collectice shot across the bow of its shifting-to-the-right perspective. Perhaps in response to this Israel can re-examine the dissapearing art of restraint.

  1. June 14, 2010 at 11:02
  2. June 14, 2010 at 16:51
  3. June 15, 2010 at 09:25

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