My Mideast Punchlines: hollow words…

After the United Kingdom outlawed all of the terrorist entity Hezbollah last week, Germany’s government refused to ban the political wing of the Lebanese Shi’ite organization.

A spokesman for Germany’s interior ministry (BMI) wrote The Jerusalem Post: “The BMI does not comment on concrete prohibition considerations in general; this applies regardless of whether there is reason to do so in individual cases.”

According to 2018 German intelligence reports analyzed by the Jerusalem Post, there are 950 Hezbollah operatives in the federal republic who raise funds, recruit new members and spread Hezbollah’s lethal antisemitic ideology.

biffGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel has described Israel’s security as “non-negotiable” for her government. With Iran-backed Hezbollah pointing more than a hundred thousand missiles at Israel and threatening to destroy the Jewish state, her words indeed have a hollow ring. With anti-Semitism on the rise, the echo of Germany’s shameful past sends a shudder down the spine.

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