A national defense analyst says he is not surprised that right-wingers in Germany are leading the way in support for Israel.
The Washington Examiner reports that the Free Democrats Party recently submitted a resolution in the Bundestag that called out the anti-Israel bias ofthe United Nations institutions and urged the German government to oppose this ongoing practice.
In fact, Germany supported 16 of 21 anti-Israel resolutions before the UN General Assembly.
The Free Democrats resolution, submitted March 14, called for Berlin to commit to opposing biased UN resolutions and to protect Israel from unfair treatment by the UN. But fellow German lawmakers soundly rejected the resolution despite its call for Germany to flee from the UN’s blatant anti-Semitic accusations.
According to the Examiner story, the Social Democrats, the Christian Democrats, and the far-left Die Linke rejected the resolution. Only the Free Democrats and a controversial anti-immigrant party, “Alternative for Germany,” showed overwhelming support.
For unaware U.S. readers, the story described the Free Democrats as a “mildly economic-libertarian party” while “Alternative” has been accused of welcoming Neo-Nazi views, though it has tried to boot them from its ranks in recent months.
Despite the reputation, it was “Alternative” that demonstrated the most support for Israel.
Bob Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, says “Alternative” is pro-Israel due to “political calculations” in the party.
“They've been very anti-immigrant out of the Middle East and North Africa,” he advises, “and have really captured the right in that country as have LePen and her organization in France.”
Yet the bottom line, he says, it that anti-Semitism is “alive and well” as evidenced by UN votes and the recent resolution in the Bundestag.