Mr Graf Lambsdorff, there is much to suggest that Netanyahu gets a fifth term as head of government. Is this good or bad for the German-Israeli relations?
Netanyahu is a politician with a rather rough style of politics. This also means that it will be oriented mainly in the direction of Washington and Moscow. Germany and the Europeans are likely to include the Israeli Prime Minister, then – as in the past – less in his political calculations. As long as Europe is divided, and therefore no role in the Middle East, not Netanyahu.
it Would be desirable, that this will change something?
of Course. But the EU is in a number of important issues relating to the Middle East divided and thus irrelevant, in terms of both the Palestinians and Syria, or Saudi Arabia. As each national capital of cook your own soup, the results are virtually meaningless. Can't blame you, Netanyahu, therefore, that he is looking for the shoulder-to-shoulder with America and Russia.
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But Netanyahu is in an official position for Germany full of praise, is it?
do not Forget that the penultimate German-Israeli government consultations were cancelled, because there was a dispute over the construction of settlements. The recent talks in Jerusalem, then went just over the stage. Sigmar Gabriel has verstolpert as foreign Minister, for his first visit in Israel correctly. That made its successor Heiko Maas is slightly better. The political relations are solid, but none of them will claim that sunshine prevails.
And from the political level, apart?
Economically, civically and culturally the German-Israeli relationship is excellent. We must preserve and expand. For the major security issues of the Region, which currently plays no role, but the many human encounters on all levels are a very important capital that can be in the unique German-Israeli relationship is not high enough a rating.