Sunday, October 14, 2007

Germany’s Economic Ties to Iran

Given its role during World War II, there is no question that Germany has an unpayable debt to the Jewish people and to Israel. Certainly Germany has the obligation to do whatever it can to prevent any other nation from repeating Germany's attempt to destroy the Jewish people.

It is thus especially distressing that, despite appropriate rhetoric from Germany's leadership, such as Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledging "We must take the Iranian president’s rhetoric seriously" and Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier repeatedly expressing support for diplomatic and economic sanctions to prevent Iran from developing the nuclear weapons it would like to use to exterminate Israel, Germany's actions continue to help prop up Iran's nuclear program.

The sad facts are set forth in a backgrounder called Germany's Economic Ties to Iran on the Realité EU web site. Germany remains Iran’s number one trading partner, with "some two thirds of Iranian industry relies on German engineering products" according to Michael Tockuss, former President of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce in Tehran.

At the same time its foreign minister talks about supporting economic sanctions, the German government hypocritically compensates the thousands of companies doing business with Iran to the tune of 5.8 billion Euros for the risks of doing that business!

Email may be sent to the German chancellor via a web form on her web site and her postal address is:

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel
Willy-Brandt-Straße 1
10557 Berlin.

Email may be sent to any of the German ministers via this form or by addressing the message to

Tell the German government to stop effectively abetting Iran's drive to obtain nuclear weapons.

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