"Israel feared the Islamist Hamas movement, ... would exploit visits... for propaganda purposes. This would ...weaken the ... government of ...Mahmoud Abbas" What a stupid argument! It is not the possibility of some martial selfdisplay of fanatic Hamas-followers that might cause serious harm to the public image of Israel but the prolonged Gaza blockade and the very narrow-minded refusal to allow Niebel, a long-standing friend of Israel and vize-president of the German-Israeli-Society to visit the aid programs that have been sponsored on Israeli request with German money.
Iraq calls Turkish assault on Kurdish militants a dangerous escalation (Reuters)
from the article: Germany raps Israel for denying minister entry into Gaza