The Advisor to the Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Army Vladimir Pogosyan on Thursday compared Israel to Nazi Germany and promised revenge for its support for Azerbaijan in the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
“Politicians in Armenia are finally starting to realize what Europe and Israel are, especially Israel. Israel today and Germany in 1933 are the same. The only difference is that I have understood it since the first war,” Podosyan wrote on Facebook.
“We will not forgive anyone, and we will not forget whose hand is covered in Armenian blood. The day will come, and we will take revenge. Israel, Turkey and other countries are building Azerbaijan armies. And what they achieved with it. ? We’ll win! Don’t hesitate about that. “
Germany this week said it would share with Israel any coronavirus vaccines it makes in Europe.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn on Sunday notified Israel’s Ambassador to Germany Jeremy Issacharoff about the decision, which comes after a meeting last week between Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Berlin.
Although the exact number of vaccinations is unclear, Israel is expected to receive thousands or possibly millions of vaccinations if the initiative is truly successful.
“I thank the German foreign and health ministers for their support to Israel in the fight against the coronavirus,” said Ashkenazi.
“This move symbolizes a special and deep friendship and a warm bond between countries.”
According to Ashkenazi, receiving the vaccine from Germany “will allow the economy to return to full activity in Israel.”
He added that Ambassador Issacharoff and embassy staff “have played a large role in this important milestone.”
Germany’s decision to supply Israel with a vaccination developed by Europe is conflicting decision created by the European Union Health Safety Committee to supply first only European countries with European vaccinations.
But as one of the major powers in the EU, Germany is able to bypass committee decisions and justify its arrangement with Israel, among other things, with the “close ties” the two countries have.
Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has recently continued clinical trials for a vaccine in Japan, UK, Brazil, South Africa and India.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday in a statement congratulating Israel’s new government that “in these times of uncertainty, our commitment to international law and rule-based international order is more important than ever,” signaling the government’s promise to attach a part from the West Bank.
Trudeau’s statement, which touting Canada and “Israel’s long history as a close friend,” is the latest in a statement made by international leaders and groups, warning the new government, which was installed on Sunday, against annexation proposal.
Netanyahu’s office said Trudeau called him on Monday, adding in a statement they discussed the coronavirus pandemic and “the latest regional developments.”
Meanwhile, the Fatah Central Committee called on the Palestinian people to “prepare” the consequences of Israel’s future annexation and pointed to comment from Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Friday that if Israel continues with the plan it will cause a “big clash” with his country.
A senior official told Haaretz that despite this statement, the Palestinian leadership did not intend to respond with a decision or move that would “be irreversible.” This is despite the continuous statement from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that the annexation will end all agreements with the Palestinian Authority with Israel.
The Palestinian Liberation Organization’s executive committee will convene on Tuesday, also to discuss its response to the proposed annexation. The meeting was postponed from last week because the Palestinian leadership waited until after taking the oath of the new Israeli government, according to Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh.
On Monday, Israel’s new Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said it was controversial Trump’s Middle East peace plan will be pushed forward “responsibly, in coordination with the United States while maintaining a peace agreement and Israel’s strategic interests.”
Leader Kahol Lavan and new Defense Minister Benny Gantz also said on Monday he was “committed to doing whatever is necessary to advance diplomatic arrangements and to seek peace. Peace is and remains an important Zionist aspiration. At the same time, and for the purpose “We will preserve our strength so that we can exploit regional opportunities in general and to advance the peace plans of the American government and President Trump, with all that is in them.”
In Europe, high-level discussions have been going on for several days in an attempt to compile sanctions for annexation that do not require consensus by mapping out joint projects with Israel that can be undermined by unilateral measures that violate international law. At the same time, the continent gave a positive message to the new Israeli government about the possibility of “turning a new page” with Europe.
The European Union issued a statement about Israel’s new government on Monday, congratulating Israel while referring to the importance of international law. The statement noted that “the European Union and its Member States remember that they will not recognize any changes to the 1967 border unless agreed upon by Israel and the Palestinians.”
Referring to the annexation, the statement said that “we strongly urge Israel to refrain from unilateral decisions which will lead to the annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories and will, thus, contravene International Law.”
The president of the Socialist and Democratic Progressive Alliance in the European Parliament, known as S&D, Iratxe García Pérez said in a statement on Sunday that they were “very concerned about the birth of a new government led by Netanyahu.” It added that Netanyahu’s inaugural leadership was “a political program … dangerous,” which could lead to “Israel’s illegal annexation of occupied territories.”
The United States under President Trump has annexation supported as part of the so-called Middle East Peace Plan, but European countries and the United Nations all condemn annexation as illegal under international law and spell disaster for the prospect of a two-state solution.
On Friday, a spokesman for the US State Department said the Trump administration still wanted to carry out direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as other regional actors, based on Middle Eastern administrative plans.
Spokesman Megan Ortagus added that the Israeli annexation move in the West Bank must be discussed in the broader context of direct peace talks.
Last week, on a whirlwind trip to Israel Netanyahu told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a joint statement that the new Israeli government presents an opportunity “to promote peace and security based on the understanding I reached with President Trump during my last visit to Washington.”
The Chair of the International Relations and Defense Committee at the British House of Lords questioned whether Israel should continue to receive preferential access to the British market if plans to annex the West Bank, as stated in the upcoming coalition government coalition agreement, continue.
In a letter addressed to State Minister James Cleverly, Baronness Joyce Anelay expressed concern about the agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kahol Chair Lavan Benny Gantz to apply Israeli sovereignty to the West Bank, stated that the annexation of occupied territories is a violation of international law. If the annexation is applied, he asks if there will be consequences for Israel in its trade with Britain.
He was referring to the 2017 Committee on International Relations, whose conclusions, he said, remained valid. This states that a a two-state solution which meets Israel’s security needs and Palestinian aspirations to become a state is the only way “to achieve lasting peace.”
The conflict, “is on the verge of moving to a phase where a two-state solution becomes impossible and is considered no longer feasible by both parties.” He added that the British government must directly express this opinion, “regardless of U.S. administrative view“That continues,” With the absence of US leadership, it is time for Europe to play a more active role. ”
In the end, “The balance of power in sending peace lies with Israel. If Israel continues to reduce the possibility of a two-state solution, the US must be prepared to support a UNSC resolution condemning such actions without any uncertain conditions.” He added that the country should consider recognizing a Palestinian state as a step to show its commitment to a two-state solution.
Anelay then asks a question for Clever. First, he seeks certainty that the UK’s position on the matter has not changed, and that he will not recognize any changes in the status quo. Second, he asked what steps Britain should take to bring Israel and Palestine back to the table to renegotiate the two-state solution.
And finally, he asked that if Israel had to continue, “What would be the consequences for preferential access to the UK market, as stipulated in the UK-Israel trade agreement and partnership? How does Britain distinguish between legal and illegal products in order to provide preferential access only for Israeli legal exports to Britain? ”
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On Tuesday, 35 representatives from Council of British Jewish Deputies, the largest Jewish organization in Britain, signed a letter demanding the group’s leadership condemn annexation. Among the signatories to the letter were members of the Conservative and Labor parties.
Tal Ofer, representative for Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue, said: “Our letter shows there is cross-communal support about the need for the Deputy Council to talk about the proposed annexation.”
Also Tuesday, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said that the Israeli annexation plan will be “the most important item on the agenda” at the upcoming EU Foreign Council meeting on Friday. When asked about sanctions, Borell said he would consider various positions that might arise in trade unions. “We are currently far from discussing sanctions – but it is important to know the position of the member states,” he said at a press conference in Brussels.
“Everything on [EU] foreign policy requires unanimity, especially sanctions, and we are currently far from discussing sanctions, “Borell said, stressing that this problem is” a very divisive problem within [Foreign Affairs] Different councils and member states have different positions, we pay attention when we discuss [annexation] last month. ”
A German federal court said Tuesday that it had rejected an Iraqi asylum seeker application that was denied his conviction for raping and killing a 14-year-old local Jewish girl.
Ali Bashar was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Wiesbaden state court in July after a four-month trial in a case that sparked tensions about migration.
The judge, Juergen Bonk, also found the crime to be very severe, which meant that Bashar would not be given parole after 15 years as is usually the case in Germany.
Bashar committed “a cold-blooded murder” and pointed out “no remorse or,” the presiding judge said, adding that during his trial the defendant “did not voice sincere words of remorse”.
Bashar, who was 21 years old at the time of the murder, was convicted of assaulting and killing Susanna Feldman in Wiesbaden in May 2018.
The Iraqi man beat, raped and strangled the schoolboy to death in a wooded area near the railroad tracks on May 23.
The court heard he later sent a fake message from Susanna’s smartphone indicating that he had left for an impromptu trip to Paris. His body was only found on June 6 in a shallow grave covered with leaves, twigs and soil.
Bashar and his family suddenly left the house for asylum applicants in Germany after the killings, and he was later arrested by Kurdish forces in Iraq, handed over to German police officers and flown back to Germany.
Bashar is believed to have arrived in Germany in October 2015.
The Federal Court said it canceled Bashar’s appeal in the April 28 ruling. Among other objections to his belief, he argued that his return from Iraq was a “procedural obstacle.”
The Alternative Party for Germany (AfD) and other right-wing groups have captured the brutal murder of 14-year-old Susanna Maria Feldman in their campaign against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s asylum policy.