One of the leaders of the right-wing party «Alternative for Germany» (ADH) Alexander Gauland made a statement that can be interpreted as, «if he wants to start a discussion about the attitude of Germany towards Israel», writes the correspondent of Sueddeutsche Zeitung Benedict Peters.
«Of course, we on the side of Israel,» he said Gowland. However, he questioned whether to Israel’s right to exist remained a paradigm of public policy in Germany. Previously, it was one of the main principles of the policy of Germany due to the special historical responsibility of Germany, the author notes.
Gowland said, «If it comes to the performance of the promise, all will be not so easy. After all, if we say that Israel’s right to exist is the pillar of German policy, then we must be prepared to send German soldiers to protect the Jewish state. (…) Israel is constantly at war. In this case, we must be ready to risk their lives for Israel, and I’m so ready I feel.»
Later in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, Howland said he was «ready to support Israel, but only in case of real danger that he will disappear from the political map, and the Jews (…) pushed into the sea.»
The policy statement has caused a strong reaction in Germany. For example, the Deputy of the faction «Green» Volker Beck called the statement «appalling». With the criticism made in the ADH reporter. The head of the party in the Federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Marcus Prötzel Sueddeutsche Zeitung said the following: «that The right of Israel to exist is one of the main paradigms of state policy of Germany is taken for granted. Besides Israel is the only reliable partner in the middle East».