Sunday thoughts

bridge-53769Merkel meets Netanyahu in Berlin

Today Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel,  brings our capital Berlin to a halt. He is expected to meet chancellor Angela Merkel tomorrow afternoon to talk with her about the Iran Deal. The chancellors heart beates for the Muslims in the first place and it could be a challenge for Israel to be heard. Two votes in the UN Security Council last week have shown that most of the worlds countries have decided to support the Islam rather than the christians or the jews. Do they realize what relentless and violent world they help to create? I earnestly hope that the meeting tomorrow will go well and our chancellor will have an open mind.

Update Monday: 

How do you congratulate a close friend to his 70. birthday? You go to him with a present, write him a nice letter, at least call him, right? 

But not so Angela Merkel. She didn’t congratulate Israel in an open statement or visit Israel at her 70. anniversary neither did she nor any other german representative show up when the USA moved her ambassy to Israels capital Jerusalem. But see how she handels a 70. anniversary instead (emphasis by me, the translation in the video is not correct at this point):

“I find it very important and symbolic, too, that we – in this year when Israel celebrates her 70. anniversary and WE COULD NOT ONLY CONGRATULATE OURSELVES from the distance and WE NOT ONLY HAD A DEBATE in the German Bundestag, but that the Prime Minister is here with us today, too….”

Congratulate ourselves… how does that work? And yes, we had a debate in the bundestag but how does this benefit Israel? 

Netanyahu and Merkel have different opinions in regard of the Iran deal, Germany condamns the statement of the iranian leaders that Israel be a cancer that should be cut off and Germany wants to continue the cooperation with Israel.


Shadows Of The Past

“Forget about the past!” “It is not our business what our ancestors did!” Most people seem to follow these suggestions very well. I can’t.

I used to travel a lot. In every foreign country people started talking about Nazi Germany when they learned that I was german. I was in a fishing museum in South England and there I saw pictures of fishermen who were killed by the Germans. The topic pops up unexpectedly in movies and conversations. I feel the anger and the sadness of the people who lost their relatives and friends.

There are many things I don’t understand until now. What motivated human beings to commit crimes on such a large scale, how was it possible in a civilized society? Could it happen again?

As I started reading biographies pain began to fill my heard. History became alive. Little children, old men and women, parents – tortured and murdered officially by the german state by the millions. I watched the Auschwitz processes that took place in Frankfurt 1963 – 1965 and went deep into it. It is hard to describe, but I actually saw through the eyes of the killers because I know the places where they lived, I love the same music they loved and they spoke the language that I speak – and so on.

There is no anwer to the question: How can Germany bear such a guilt? It is impossible. We live, love and laugh today, because an amazing God decided that we should do so.

There was another important thing for me to learn. It was in the year 1999. After a 2 weeks holiday trip in Ireland I gave back my rental car and the man didn’t even check it. I wondered why he trusted me so much. His answer: “The Germans are highly respected in Ireland. I know that everything is all right because you say so.”

Very slowly I realized that Germany is important, strong and a business partner for countries around the world. So: How should I feel as a german? Proud and confident? or humiliated by the crimes of my forefathers? Or everything at the same time?

I like this satirical video because it expresses our experience very well.

The context in which this video was made were the negotiations between Greece and Germany in the aftermath of the greek dept crisis.

What are your feelings and experiences? Please share them with us, we will enjoy it very much. No glorification of the Nazi regime please.

Person of Contradiction: Benjamin Netanyahu

Well, this topic could be a hot potato for some people and there would be plenty to write about it. For example: He is suspected to be a 33rd degree freemason and is currently once more accused of corruption. These are things I can not prove and it isn’t my intention to go further into it.

There are much more facets of Mr. Netanyahu than are usually reported. As the head of Israel he rules a tiny little country. Israels size equals to the size of the small german federal state of Hessen.

Are Israels neighbours really a threat to her? Or are the people of Israel kind of paranoid? It is no secret that the iranian leaders deny the right of Israel to exist. They fight with words and weapons against Israel and spread their message successfully in Germany, France and many other countries in the world. Antisemitism is growing everywhere.

As we see, it is a big challenge to lead a country under such circumstances and keep it safe. How successful is Netanyahu in his job? He fights like a lion for his country. But unlike a lion he is not lead by emotions but uses his immense knowledge and experience that he gained during his years at the Harward Univerity and as an employee in the Boston Consulting Group. In addition to that he was an ambassador to the UN and as such in touch with the young Donald Trump and the important figures of the world.

When he took office, the economy of Israel was on the ground. With more than 50 reforms he established a freer market and supported the foreign trade.

“As a leader I have to choose between the bad and the worse, seldom between good and bad.” (Netanyahu 2015) He said this to describe the situation in the Middle East. Does it make sense to fight Baschar Hafiz al-Assad in Syria? Yes, he is a horrible leader – but only in his own country. The militant islam on the other hand wants to win globally with its aggression. That’s what makes aggressive and expanding nations like Iran so dangerous. They try to take advantage of the chaotic situation in Syria and use Syria as a starting point for aggression against Israel.

Netanyahu wants to fight the militant islam while it is week and while there is still time to defeate it. The local leaders should be left alone if they have no intention to bother their neighbour countries.

This seems to be wise politics. And what I like about him: he is authentic and a politician with all his heart who literally lives for his country Israel.

Nice to watch are these 2 videos:

What do you think about Benjamin Netanyahu and how do you perceive his actions?

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