«Israel ran the risk «of gradually committing suicide as a democratic state» if it does not stop the construction».
This is a statement by Ruprecht Polenz, a senior member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party, quoted by Reuters.
Polenz, head of the German parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, further told the Rheinische Post daily that «Israel is overlooking the fact that neither Palestinians nor Arab states will agree to a solution without East Jerusalem».
Germany, France and EU president Sweden on Tuesday joined Western nations pressing Israel to stop building settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank under a U.S.-led effort to resume stalled peace talks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has resisted international calls to freeze building in occupied territory, seemed to show a sign of flexibility as a newspaper reported a secret plan to remove two dozen unauthorized settler outposts.
Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he would not resume peace talks with Israel, stalled since Israel elected Netanyahu, a right-wing settler champion in February, unless all settlement construction stopped.
The French Foreign Ministry summoned Israel’s ambassador, Daniel Shek, in Paris, to protest against a planned Israeli housing project for East Jerusalem, which Israel considers part of its capital and which Palestinians also seek to make their capital.
Israel annexed East Jerusalem shortly after its capture, in a move never recognized internationally.
Source: Retuers /Washington Post.
Its incredible to see how little Germany has learned from the partition of its own capital Berlin. The city was once the capital of Germany, but because of Russian claims to the eastern sector, the capital was divided in 1948. In 1961 Russia also built a wall, so that the people of West Berlin could not enter into East Berlin.
The similarities between Berlin and Jerusalem is obvious. Just like the Russians divided Berlin in 1948, the Jordanian army did the same with Jerusalem in 1948. In 1948, the eastern part of both Berlin and Jerusalem were closed. For the Jews, the closure of East Jerusalem meant no access to their most holy site, the Western Wall. For the people of West Berlin, it was no longer possible to visit their relatives and friends in East Berlin.
That a German politician is calling Israel a dictatorship if the Jews continue to keep Jerusalem as their capital, is shocking. That a German senior politician, who represent a people who lived in separation in a two-state-solution for 45 years, tries to teach Israel how they should divide their country, is outrageous.
The word «unauthorized settler outposts» reminds me about a ghost from the years just before World War II in Europe. At that time the British occupiers of land in the Middle East called Jews who returned home to Zion for «illegal immigrants». Who told London it was the final authority in matters of the Jewish homeland?
The Bible is the final authority in this matter. God says He owns the Mountains of Zion, and that He would let the Jews return to these mountains. This return has taken place against all odds, regardless of the opinions of ungodly and foolish politicians in Berlin and London.