Rift in German-Israeli Association German Politicians Under Fire for Criticizing Israel
A dispute is brewing in the German-Israeli Association over a fundamental question: How openly should German politicians be allowed to criticize the policies of the Jewish state?
Dirk Niebel, a member of Germany's pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP), isn't known for his reticence. But when it comes to criticizing Israel, Niebel, who spent a year living in a kibbutz as a young man, has always been cautious. As a sign of his solidarity, he became vice-president of the German-Israeli Association (DIG), a staunchly pro-Israeli group, in 2000. It was a close relationship, at least until last year.
As Germany's Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, he had planned a trip to the Gaza