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    • Swiss (Dino)
    • 16.03.07 | 15:07 (IST)

    As a neighbour of Germany I can assure Israel and the Israeli people that they have no better friend in Europe than Germany. Yes, there may still be a small percentage of Neo-Nazis (especially in the former East- Germany), and there may be a certain feeling among some Germans, that Israel is taking a bit too much advantage of the German consciousness of guilt, but all in all I would estimate that the vast majority (at least 90 %) of Germans has no problem at all with the existence of Israel. Maybe the problem is, that some Israeli (poli- ticians) rather prefer a "sucker" friend (like the U.S.) over a critical friend (Germany). And if some Israelis already see it as a threat when Germany is looking for constructive solu- tions to the ME conflict, then Germany probably isn't the best friend of Israel. But then I am afraid, one can hardly blame the Germans for it.

    from the article: Seeing the Other more clearly
    First published 00:00 16.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 15.03.07
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