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Netanyahu’s Victory Irks European Mainstream Media

Netanyahu’s Victory Irks European Mainstream Media

Germany’s state-run DW News: “As Israel’s right-wing triumphs, Palestine loses”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s apparent re-election has irked the European mainstream media. Many leading European media outlets decried the Israeli leader’s “right-wing” policies that mobilized Israeli voters ahead of Tuesday’s vote.

German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau described Netanyahu’s victory using anti-Semitic terminology with the headline: “The Eternal Netanyahu,” a reference to the 1940 anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda film, The Eternal Jew.

“Benjamin Netanyahu will remain Israel’s Prime Minister,” the Frankfurter Rundschau complained, “This isn’t going to end well. His right-wing coalition could annex West Bank.”

Explaining its hostility towards Israeli Prime Minister the newspaper wrote:

One must expect that Trump’s ominous ‘peace plan’ will be highly accommodating towards the Israelis and drain the economic aid going to the Palestinians. European protests won’t help much in that case. [Translation by the author]

German state broadcaster ARD wasn’t far behind. “The reelection of Netanyahu mainly rests on the right-wing base united by angst. He fomented a lot fear,” ARD’s Israel correspondent Tim Assman wrote. “Israeli society is indeed divided and politicians like Netanyahu have actively contributed to this.”

“As Israel’s right wing triumphs, Palestine loses,” was the headline in Germany’s state-run DW News. “Trump announced he would reveal a comprehensive plan for peace in the Middle East shortly after the elections,” DW’s chief Arabic correspondent Rainer Sollich wrote. “[Palestinians] hardly have any say over their own future, and when it comes to many Arab states, they cannot really count on any real support,” he claimed.

“Netanyahu-led Right engaged in populist and identity [politics],”  France’s Le Monde accused.

“Netanyahu’s victory means life is about to get worse for Palestinians,” British newspaper The Guardian whined. The tone got even darker, with one Guardian commentator lamenting that “there is no more able sorcerer when it comes to playing on the prejudices and fears of his base.”

Another Guardian commentator decried the alleged “embrace between rightwing counterparts in the United States and Israel,” further adding that “Trump’s disregard for Palestinian interests is yet another reaffirmation for many that Trump’s America is racist.”

“Rather like the Trumpites in America, many Israelis seem to admire Mr Netanyahu and his uncompromising strongman routine,” UK’s Independent said. “They evidently feel Bibi is what they need in troubled times; someone who will be tough on the terrorists and Israel’s enemies abroad, of whom there is no shortage.

The European political establishment wasn’t thrilled about the election result either. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Franch President Emmanuel Macron were yet to respond to the outcome of the Israeli elections.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was perhaps the first head of state to congratulate prime minister Netanyahu:

Vice President Mike Pence also called the Israeli leader on Wednesday evening to congratulate him on the stunning victory.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro were among other world leaders to congratulate Netanyahu following Tuesday’s outcome.

The mainstream media coverage in Europe is very much in line with the stance taken by the European Union and European political establishment. The EU, steered by Germany and France, has opposed major policy initiative backed by US President Trump in the Middle East.

Last month, the EU rejected Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights after Trump recognized Israel’s right over the region. “European Union does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights,” European Council’s statement said.

The EU is equally hostile to the Trump administration’s measures to fight Palestinian terrorism. France and Germany boosted Palestinian funding after the U.S. suspended financial aid to terror-linked United Nations agency UNRWA.

When Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in late 2017, Chancellor Merkel led a diplomatic campaign to pressure smaller European countries not to follow suit.

Ahead of the EU elections set for May, Netanyahu’s election victory is a fresh reminder that the Liberal establishment is being rejected by voters across the Western world. If opinion polls suggesting strong support for the Nationalist and anti-EU parties are any indication, the European political class may soon have greater things to worry about than electoral preferences of Israeli voters.

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legacyrepublican | April 12, 2019 at 7:24 am

E.U. Media translation: “We just want a Jewish leader that will willingly let themselves be lead into Jihadist annihilation for the sake of peace.”


    Because they want to sell lots of things to the nascent Palestinian ‘State’. Israel hinders these moneymaking oppos. Look at how the salivated at the ending of Iranian sanctions. They didn’t give a rat’s ass about nukes, it was all about selling airbus planes, etc.

      mrzee in reply to venril. | April 12, 2019 at 9:33 am

      Not quite the same as Iran, anything the palesimians buy from the EU is paid for with the EU’s money.

      casualobserver in reply to venril. | April 12, 2019 at 9:40 am

      Israel as a trading partner is INFINITELY more valuable than any hypothetical Palestinian state or even Iran in some ways for that matter. Especially when you consider technology and intellectual property. There is something much more sinister behind the majority of EU member states’ reaction. It’s not economic.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to legacyrepublican. | April 13, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    palestinians deserve a lasting peace, they just need help.

European elites seem to be very upset these days. Israel keeps on the right course, Trump is winning no matter how hard the Euros conspire with the Deep State to oust him. Brexit got their panties in a bunch, more right of center candidates are coming forward to rescue their countries from misguided governance and mass immigration.

Palestinians should NOT receive any kind of aid until they stop practicing terrorism.

    Edward in reply to Exiliado. | April 12, 2019 at 9:24 am

    You mean the Arabs who live on the West Bank and Gaza? The Mandate disappeared long ago and held both Arabs and Jews. For that matter all the Middle East countries had Jewish citizens/residents until after 1948.

DINORightMarie | April 12, 2019 at 7:47 am

I find it quite frightening that today’s Germany is siding or aligning with “Palestine” and Palestinians and against Jews and Israel. And they have been engaged with Iran in trade quite recently.

These are the seeds that, if planted and allowed to take root, lead to world wars. When Germany re-unified, many feared that a world war could again foment, now this?!

Dangerous times.

    Whitewall in reply to DINORightMarie. | April 12, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Germany is at it again, this time with the size of their economy instead of their military. The absolute control Berlin has over the EU is the means. Germany has been the “European Problem” since 1872.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to DINORightMarie. | April 13, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Maybe this time it will be Germany nuked, especially if they all end up converted to Islam. At that point they may well prefer a quick end to living under Islamic rule.

His election triggers the anti-semetic undercurrent that’s always flowed through Europe.

With Hebrew, it would seem to me that left-handed writers would be at an advantage over right-handed writers. I wonder if there are more lefties than righties in Israel?

There is an aspect to this story that is missing. We need to talk about it. How can the entire world hate Israel and be so ORGANIZED in its hatred? Human beings are not genetically programmed to hate Jews and the Palestinian issue does NOT rise to the level of importance to anyone to explain this. This is the Nazi story on a global scale.

The most shocking aspect of the Nazi purge of the Jews is that it was done by an advanced, industrialized, culturally sophisticated and educated society. It happened in full view of its citizens and there was no outcry. The most powerful cultural institutions willingly participated with the government to participate in genocide. Even the Church looked the other way (or worse).

Today, it is even more organized, again involves our highest cultural and government institutions but on a GLOBAL scale! How can that be? Just how evil is the human race anyway? This is about US. Do we even deserve to exist?

    I’m not so certain all Germans knew the truth about the camps. A distant cousin married a German woman from a small village in Bavaria. She stated that the people in her village only knew of one person sent to the camps, the village drunk (this apparently was early in camp history). She said they thought the camps were a good thing because the drunk came back sober, never touched a drink again and never said anything about the experience. She didn’t deny the Holocaust, just the allegation that all Germans knew. I’m sure those near camps knew, those who lived in areas with Jewish residents knew (did they really buy “resettlement”? I don’t think so, though I’m sure they wanted to), those along rail lines where trains stopped for fuel and water knew and those living in major cities (particularly Berlin) knew too. I’d add friends of the above people, but I’m not at all sure all the above people were willing to talk about it for fear of being found out.

      Virginia42 in reply to Edward. | April 12, 2019 at 9:51 am

      Most knew about the camps–there were hundreds of them in Germany and no way to avoid knowledge. That said, the Extermination camps (Vernichtungslager) were all in Poland or western Russia so unless you were serving with the Wehrmacht in the east, you might not be as aware. There was a lot more awareness of the Holocaust, including participation from formations other than the SS and SD. This book is a must read on the topic:

      Do a little research. There are many, many films available where towns and villages staged public celebrations where Jewish families were dragged out of their homes en masse to be beaten to death by their neighbors as they danced and cheers while the band played on.

      The claim that ordinary Germans didn’t know is a myth. How gullible do you have to be to believe that myth? That is the reason the Germans have become so sensitive about their Nazi past. They KNOW the truth and to their credit, are ashamed of it.

      Today’s German government is being led largely by East German leaders who are aligned with the Russians. And I don’t trust the American reporting of what is going in my own country so I certainly don’t trust them on the rest of the world. Do your homework. Assange did the world a favor even if his motivation was for global government. Now we KNOW. Let’s not blow it!

    snopercod in reply to Pasadena Phil. | April 12, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Leonard Peikoff answers your question in The Ominous Parallels

I’m loving it.

Whenever the MSM is irked, it’s a good thing.

I usually give a short pithy “Resist Socialist Oppression” response, but today I want to remind everyone that Nazis and Fascist are types of socialism; so do we need to make any further distinction between any of the Jew-Hating Socialist? It does seem to be almost all of the Socialist fit into this grouping. Why do ANY Jews support socialism of any variety?

“The reelection of Netanyahu mainly rests on the right-wing base united by angst. He fomented a lot fear,”

This part, at least, is true. He did foment a lot of fear — not against the left but against his own potential coalition partners, and successfully drained a lot of votes away from them to the Likud. In the process he caused 6% of the vote to get thrown down the toilet (3.2499% for the New Right and 2.6% for Zehut) but he’s OK with that because it gave him the upper hand in coalition negotiations. He has the numbers to offer the Gantz/Lapid/Yaalon/Ashkenazi/Nissenkern circus a national unity coalition with him on top of it, so he can use that prospect to bully the small right-wing parties into compliance.

It would be very different if he’d ended up several seats behind the circus, because then he could not expect to lead a unity coalition so he would have no interest in one. Therefore he’d have had to deal seriously with the right-wing parties and accept their demands that he keep his promises and not accept the expected disastrous Trump deal.

“As Israel’s right-wing triumphs, Palestine loses”

What is this ‘Palestine’ you speak of?