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Germany toughens stance over Israel research deal
Published Friday 24/01/2014 (updated) 25/01/2014 22:02
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Laborers work at the construction site of a new housing project
in the Jewish settlement of Gilo in Israeli annexed East Jerusalem
on Aug. 12, 2013 (AFP/File Menahem Kahana)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Germany is insisting that research support and cooperation with Israel exclude Jewish settlements built on Palestinian land, Israeli media said Thursday, weeks ahead of a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

According to the report in Haaretz daily, Berlin's decision "represents a significant escalation in European measures against the settlements" in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Haaretz notes that a 1986 treaty of the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development states that the foundation will only sponsor projects "within the geographic areas under the jurisdiction of the State of Israel" prior to the 1967 Middle East war.

The Germans want to apply that clause to the "German-Israeli funding program (DIP)", an agreement signed in 1970 that is renewed annually on March 31, as well as to an agreement between the states providing "German funding for industrial and applied research and development," Haaretz said.

Merkel is due in Israel at the end of next month.

Germany's steadfast support of Israel has been a constant since World War II in atonement for its Nazi past, and Berlin is widely seen as Israel's closest ally in Europe.

Haaretz said the German demand was effectively extending the settlement ban to "private companies" in occupied territories.

But an Israeli diplomatic source told AFP there was "nothing new here" since "the territorial limitations have applied since 1986 and nothing has changed."

And a spokeswoman for the German foreign ministry said Berlin had "a great interest in continuing and expanding scientific cooperation with Israel."
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1 ) Mel / USA
24/01/2014 17:33
After TRILLIONS(money,weps,immunity,trade)in compensation paid by Germany(supposedly to ACTUAL WW2 victims mainly) which also funds Zionism's fascist "lebensraum"in Palestine-to the loss of 6 MILLION civilian(Palestinian/Leb/Syr)lives,not to mention copious funding to,"Never Again" Zionist WAR CRIMINALS...'I'd've thought Merkel &Germany would be ASHAMED to fund facist Zionism to do,essentially since 1945,what Nazism did to THEM? Who does "never again"apply to,Frau Merkel? All or a few???

2 ) wjm / usa
24/01/2014 18:04
How much longer can Israel rely on the collective guilt of Germany to assist in the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people? The present generation of Germans, I suspect, do not feel personally responsible to the Nazi atrocities, but see, on Youtube, atrocities committed every day replicating the atrocities of the Nazis, though of course, on a smaller scale.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/01/2014 21:09
To wjm #2: 'The present generation of Germans, I suspect, do not feel personally responsible to the Nazi atrocities...' In any case, promoting a state that closely resembles Nazi Germany in spirit is a strange form of atonement. Israel looks a lot like what Nazi Germany would have looked like if the Third Reich had lasted for sixty six years.

4 ) Bunder / Germany
25/01/2014 20:09
Germany cooperates with Israel because it is a very large export market for Germany, a smart place to invest money, and its companies are innovative. Germany cannot afford to fall behind China and US. Israel and Germany have extensive trading ties. Syria and Egypt and the Arabs are not exactly what you would consider good economic partners. That is all anyone is thinking about, not the past.

5 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
25/01/2014 23:12
Ma'an once again utters tabloid nonsense. An annualy renewed contract whose terms have remained the same since 1986 is an "escalation?" Parroting Ha'aretz is no excuse for blatant propagandising. And the "Germany feels guilty" shtick is cical at this point. Only dullards imagine that Germany would work against its self interests to "atone" for an event that ended nearly 70 years ago. Do you reckon it just might be connected to the Silicone Wadi or Israel's position as the #3 arms exporter?Hubris
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