Germany is providing navy assist to Israel and promising to crack down on assist for the militant Hamas group at residence following its assault on Israel
ByThe Related Press
October 12, 2023, 4:25 AM
BERLIN — Germany is providing navy assist to Israel and promising to crack down on assist for the militant Hamas group at residence following the group’s assault on Israel. Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday underlined Germany’s historic duty for Israel’s safety.
The Protection Ministry mentioned it agreed to an Israeli request to make use of as much as two of 5 Heron TP fight drones which might be presently leased by the German navy and had been already in Israel for the coaching of German servicepeople. And Protection Minister Boris Pistorius mentioned in Brussels that Israel has requested ammunition for warships, a request that may now be mentioned.
Scholz advised the German parliament that he has requested Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to tell Germany of any wants, “for instance the therapy of wounded.”
“At this second, there is just one place for Germany — the place at Israel’s aspect,” he advised lawmakers. “Our personal historical past, our duty arising from the Holocaust, makes it a perpetual job for us to face up for the safety of the state of Israel.”
Scholz famous that hundreds of individuals have demonstrated in assist of Israel in latest days, however mentioned that “there have been additionally different, shameful photos from Germany final weekend.”
On Saturday, a small group handed out pastries in a Berlin avenue and dozens of individuals later demonstrated in celebration of the Hamas assault.
Scholz mentioned that Germany will problem a proper ban on exercise by or in assist of Hamas, which is already listed by the European Union as a terror group. He mentioned teams similar to Samidoun, which was behind the weekend pastry motion, will likely be banned.
Scholz mentioned there will likely be “zero tolerance for antisemitism.”
The chancellor additionally questioned the shortage of a transparent condemnation of the Hamas assault by the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, saying that “their silence is shameful.”
Germany has suspended growth assist for the Palestinian areas, although it’s maintaining humanitarian assist.
Scholz additionally assailed Iran’s function within the area. “We now have no tangible proof that Iran gave concrete and operative assist to this cowardly assault by Hamas,” he mentioned. “However is obvious to us all that, with out Iranian assist in recent times, Hamas wouldn’t have been able to these unprecedented assaults on Israeli territory.”
A number of German residents had been amongst these kidnapped in Saturday assault.