Diplomacy

Israel’s Ambassador to Germany Calls on Berlin to “Change Its Voting Behavior” at UN

Israel’s Ambassador to Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff, on Tuesday called on the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel “to change its voting behaviour” at the United Nations and to push for an end to anti-Israel bias at the international body.

Issacharoff was quoted in BILD, the country’s largest circulating paper, saying that “Germany, of all places, regularly sides with the enemies of Israel. In November, Germany voted 16 times in 21 resolutions against Israel. It abstained in four resolutions.”

Asked by The Jerusalem Post’s Benjamin Weinthal about his statement, the ambassador responded by writing on his Twitter feed, “[I] fully agree with Antje Schippmann’s article in Bild that it’s ‘urgently necessary’ to change German voting behavior in the UNGA on Israel and that Germany should adopt an ‘active leadership role in refocusing the common voting behavior of European partners.’”

The report published in BILD on Monday was titled “Germany in the UN: FDP wants to stop anti-Israel insanity. We can no longer be followers.”

The paper reported that at a Free Democratic Party (FDP) session in the Bundestag, the party passed a resolution calling for a change in Germany’s voting pattern at the UN. The foreign policy spokesman of the FDP, Bijan Djir-Sarai, and a fellow MP, Frank Müller-Rosentritt, introduced the pro-Israel resolution.

According to the Post, the resolution calls on the federal government to “clearly distance itself from one-sided, politically motivated initiatives and alliances,” and to counteract the “political forces in the near and Middle East” which “openly threaten” the Jewish state.

“We must no longer abandon Israel to the UN. It is madness that we are constantly on the side of countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran or Yemen against Israel,” Müller-Rosentritt told BILD.

Issacharoff in the past has declined to comment on discussions he had with German officials about the country’s largely pro-Iran regime trade policy. The United Kingdom, France, and Germany said last month that they will soon launch the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), an arrangement that will allow them to trade with Iran and protect European companies from the effects of United States sanctions.

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