TEL AVIV/GAZA/BERLIN | | israel

TEL AVIV/GAZA/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin is using international outrage over the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Flotilla to reinforce Germany's position in the Middle East. The German chancellor demands that the EU take part in an international investigation of the acts of violence that took place May 31. This would provide Germany with opportunities to obtain more influence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For years the Federal Republic of Germany has been systematically expanding its footholds in Israel's close vicinity - with military - as well as police missions in the name of the United Nations and the EU. The objective is the complete normalization of German operations throughout the Middle East. At the same time, Berlin is intensifying its cooperation with the Palestinian Authority and demanding an end to the blockade of Gaza - which is only reinforcing the region's anti-Western forces, according to government advisors. The German government is continuing to combine signals for cooperation with Arab countries - who are contributing heavily to Germany's export success - with close cooperation with Israel, thereby averting a consolidation of a potential predominant power in the Middle East, a region rich in resources. more…

GAZA/BERLIN/TEHERAN | | iranisrael

GAZA/BERLIN/TEHERAN (Own report) - The German government is resolutely pressing for rapid deployment of German repressive forces at the border of the Gaza Strip. In Berlin one has been hearing for days that a "team of experts" of the German federal police is ready to fly to the Middle East. Up to now, Egypt has refused to relinquish its sovereignty and allow German "advisors" to be involved in its border controls. The German Foreign Ministry's more far-reaching demand for a German military mission in Gaza, has also not been approved by the local authorities. But because of the struggle with Iran over hegemony, the German government is very attentive to questions of reconstruction. In the aftermath of the Israeli aggression on Lebanon in 2006, Teheran rendered tangible support to the local reconstruction effort and thereby, won sympathy. This runs contrary to Western Middle East policy and, if Berlin has its way, will not be repeated in the Gaza Strip. Government advisors are working out strategies for prohibiting the rise of Iran to become a leading Middle Eastern power, even beyond the current crisis. more…

GAZA/BERLIN | | israel

GAZA/BERLIN (Own report) - The news agency Reuters reported that a German shipping company is involved in arms deliveries for the war on Gaza. According to the report, a German ship took on an exceptionally voluminous cargo of US American combat material destined for the Israeli port Ashdod. A second delivery is currently being prepared. Because of its obvious connection to the war on Gaza, British military experts have characterized the shipments as "irregular." German participation draws attention to Berlin's arms exports to the Middle East, with which Germany has over the past few years been arming both Israel and several of the Arab states. German weapons have been helping to fuel the tensions that, from the outset, have been inflaming the region. On the other hand, as announced by Foreign Minister Steinmeier over the weekend, Berlin wants to help prevent the influx of foreign weapons that exceed Western control. This is referring to the suspected influx of Iranian weapons into the Gaza Strip. more…

GAZA/BERLIN | | israel

GAZA/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin's foreign policy politicians do not rule out a German military mission to the Gaza Strip. The Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee of the German Parliament (Bundestag) demands that under certain circumstances, Germany should furnish soldiers to a multi-national Gaza Force. The demand for German military presence in the immediate vicinity of Israel has been raised in Berlin already in 2002 and is being systematically pursued ever since, particularly via the German naval mission off the Lebanese coast. An eventual Gaza intervention would not only serve to prevent further combat, but, as in the Lebanon mission, also reinforce the friendly forces - on both sides. With this in mind, Berlin and the EU have been active for years in the Palestinian Autonomous Territories and have influential structures at their disposal also in Israel. In the meantime, the German government is seeking to benefit from the conflict, through allegedly non-partisan "mediators". Turkey and Arab allies are being used as proxies. Since the founding of the state of Israel, the establishment of a military balance of forces has been sought between the parties to the conflict, permitting Western industrial nations to play one off against the other. more…

BEIRUT/BERLIN/GAZA | | libanonisrael

BEIRUT/BERLIN/GAZA (Own report) - German government advisors are considering the German naval deployment along the coast of the Gaza Strip. German naval "experience acquired off the coast of Lebanon (...) could serve possibly as a precedent for similar maritime missions," according to a recent publication by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), for example off the coast of the Palestinian Autonomous Territory. This remark coming out of Berlin shows that the Lebanon deployment was intended to pave the way for a more extensive military presence in the Near East. German repressive authorities already have police units engaged in the Palestinian Autonomous Territories. The German government's effort to enhance its influence through the deployment of police or military is pursuing the intermediary goal of deploying pro-western forces in the vicinity of Israel. According to the DGAP, Berlin should be careful not to directly serve Tel Aviv's interests - otherwise this will endanger its success in Arab countries. This suggests a strategy for attaining a "mediating" role between Israel and the Arab world to secure - strategically - an independent German position of power in the Near East. more…

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BERLIN/TEL AVIV/BEIRUT/DAMASCUS | | israellibanon

BERLIN/TEL AVIV/BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (Own report) - Under the pretext of a peace policy ("Israel's right of existence"), Berlin is urging the deployment of German naval and police units in the Middle East. The expedition corps currently being prepared is supposed to maintain the Israeli imposed embargo measures along the Lebanese coast and occupy the bombarded roads leading to Syria. The deployment of German armed forces (Bundeswehr) was explicitly endorsed by the Israeli war cabinet. Because of its long-standing relationship with West Germany, in the arms trade and military cooperation, Tel Aviv sees no problem in this deployment, considering it to be absolutely reliable. This bellicose alliance complements the superb business relations of the German arms industry with Arab states and yields additional profits: by granting Israel special terms and using political exaggerations ("protecting Jews"), Berlin protects itself against restitution demands reaching hundreds of billons. more…

CAIRO | | israel

CAIRO The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, or foundation, closely linked to the German government party, the SPD, announces that it will benefit from the agreement with the League of Arab States to influence forthcoming reforms in the League's member states. The agreement commits the League to cooperate with the German foundation and is the first and, until now, only Memorandum of Understanding of the League of Arab States with a non-governmental organization. The agreement continues the longstanding influence of the Ebert Foundation in the Near and Middle East as well as in North Africa, considered ,,from the German and European perspective as a region of significant importance." more…