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Israel Blasts Germany For Declaring It Will Arrest Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Israel on March 17, 2024 (photo credit: KOBI GIDEON/GPO) via TJP

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman, has sharply rebuked German Chancellor, Olaf Sholz, for stating his administration would arrest the Prime Minister in response to an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant, sparking a rare public spat between two allies during the Gaza war.

“I am old enough to remember the German leader coming here days after Oct. 7, and stating the Hamas are the new Nazis. They seek a genocide against the Jews. Many in the world need to check their moral compass and be on the right side of history.” Avi Hyman, told Fox News Digital on Thursday.

Scholz’s spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit, said on Wednesday, in response to a question whether the German government would execute an ICC arrest order against Netanyahu for alleged war crimes during Israel’s efforts to defeat the Hamas terrorist movement in the Gaza Strip, “Of course. Yes, we abide by the law.”

Germany’s comment about executing the ICC order to arrest the prime minister electrified social media and critics accused Scholz’s administration of antisemitism for its fealty to an arrest warrant from a reportedly anti-Israel court that Netanyahu termed another example of the “new antisemitism.”

Accusations of antisemitism.

The German Christian Democratic Union party leader, Friedrich Merz, told the country’s largest paper, Bild, that “The silence of the federal government, including the government spokesman’s suggestion that Netanyahu could be arrested on German soil, is now really becoming a scandal.”

Scholz is from the left-of-center Social Democratic Party, whose members and party leaders have targeting Israel for more criticism than the conservative political parties in the Bundestag. Merz said the ICC comparison between the terrorist Hamas organization and the Netanyahu is “an absurd perpetrator-victim reversal.”

After Israeli government spokeswoman, Tal Heinrich, sharply criticized the alleged antisemitic German civil servant, Michael Blume, in a comment to the Jerusalem Post, Blume blamed the Jewish state for rising antisemitism in Germany. – TJP

Source: TJP

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