What Does Germany Owe Israel?

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THE SPINE NOVEMBER 18, 2007

What Does Germany Owe Israel?

Look, there is no amount of German reparations that can compensate for the calamity inflicted on the Jewish people by the Nazi regime.  The post-war Federal Republic has paid out billions and billions of dollars in atonement and concrete restitution to individual Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, to Jewish cultural organizations and to Israel, the Jewish State.  Now comes the Israeli Pensioners Affairs Minister who claims that Germany owes more.  "Get it from the Germans" has long been a reflex when money was short.  Apparently, it is still a reflex...when money is not short.  It is demeaning to the dead to continue to scrounge from Berlin. The Germans are the best friends of Israel and the Jews in Europe. They have shown that many times and in different ways, not least by supplying three Dolphin class submarines to Israel and right now subsidizing a purchase of two such additional submarines.  Enough is enough.  Stop the shnorerei! 

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