Highlights from Sebastian Kurz's Keynote Speech on EU-Israel Relations and Jewish Life in Europe
Germany’s leading weekly news magazine Der Spiegel faced heavy criticism for publishing a piece entitled ‘Lobbying in the Bundestag: How Two Organizations Control Germany’s Middle East policy.’ AJC Berlin’s Assistant Director Remko Leemhuis writes in The Algemeiner that the article - light on facts and rife with anti-Jewish tropes - is eroding the post-war consensus on antisemitism in Germany.
On 18 July we marked the seventh anniversary of the Hezbollah suicide bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria that killed six people. If Europe is serious about combating antisemitism, the global terror group Hezbollah must be stopped in its tracks, argues Michael Sieveking, Deputy Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, in New Europe.
The lessons of the 1967 Six-Day-War are today as relevant as ever. AJC CEO David Harris, writing in the Times of Israel, leafs through the history of Israel’s second existential war of self-defence, dotted as it is with the Arab world’s many missed opportunities to create a Palestinian state and make peace with Israel.
Writing in New Europe, AJC Transatlantic Institute Deputy Director Michael Sieveking argues that NATO and Israel are right to deepen their mutually-beneficial relations. The political-military alliance can tap into Jerusalem’s unique expertise, such as counter-terrorism and cybersecurity, while forging even closer intelligence ties that have already saved countless lives in the West.
AJC Miami Director Brian Siegal reflects in the Miami Herald on his three-week journey to five European countries with the GMF’s Marshall Memorial Fellowship. The relationship between Europe and the U.S., based on shared values and interests, remains essential in addressing today’s challenges.
Fueled by the discoveries of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Cyprus, and Israel are forging an alliance of like-minded Western democracies that deserves U.S. support. AJC CEO David Harris and Endy Zemenides, head of the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC), make the case in the Times of Israel that the “steel and coal of the 21st century” might even usher in a new era of peace and security in the region.
AJC Berlin Director Deidre Berger, writing in the “Jüdische Allgemeine,” calls on the German government to outlaw the anti-Semitic terror organization Hezbollah. Germany’s word carries weight. Others would undoubtedly follow. This step would also be a practical contribution in the fight against anti-Semitism and for Israel’s security.
In “Mission Impossible? Repairing the Ties between Europe and Israel,” a publication of “The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs,” Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal highlights the EU’s propensity to look at its relationship with the Jewish state predominantly through the prism of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Writing in “New Europe,” Michael Sieveking, Deputy Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, urges EU Member States to adopt and fully implement the IHRA Working Definition of anti-Semitism, which includes a provision on anti-Zionism.
Looking back at last December’s historic EU Council declaration on the fight against anti-Semitism, AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal praises in The Wall Street Journal the bloc for recognizing that discrimination against Israel is indeed anti-Semitic. After all, what sense would it make to say “I don’t think Ireland has a right to exist, but I’m not anti-Irish”?