The peace agreements on the balcony of the White House clearly showed that peace in the Middle East is currently only available against the EU and especially against Germany. The federal government completely missed the decisive breakthrough at a Middle East conference in Warsaw. That fits into the picture: Berlin is on the side of the warmongers.
The Trump administration’s peace efforts accompanied European commentators with arrogant malice, and German politicians also liked to make fun of Jared Kushner, the US President’s son-in-law and special envoy for the Middle East. After all, he was completely inexperienced, was not perceived as a neutral mediator in the region and would therefore have to fail like a rocket, according to the unanimous judgment.
After all, creating peace in the Middle East is a task for experienced German experts and diplomats, who repeat their talk of “honest brokers” until they eventually believe in it themselves.
For years only one detail disturbed the image that self-confident German peace experts paint of the Middle East: the reality on the ground.
Because despite the concentrated expertise from Germany, whether officially from the Foreign Office or in the form of the countless NGOs and political foundations that are up to mischief in the Middle East – peace simply did not want to come. The Israeli settlements were to blame for this, according to the truth set in stone by German Middle East experts. Before the West Bank is free of Jews, there can be no peace between Israel and the Gulf States, because apparently there is no more pressing problem in the region than Jewish farmers who farm somewhere between Jerusalem and Jericho.
It must have been an enormous offense for these peace experts that, alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, this inexperienced Jared Kushner accomplished in a very short time what they had failed to do for decades.
Surprised by peace: the Federal Foreign Office
The decisive breakthrough in the peace negotiations came a year and a half ago at a Middle East conference in Warsaw: In addition to Kushner, Pompeo and Vice President Pence, Netanyahu and leaders from the Gulf States were also represented.
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who apparently considered the trip to Warsaw superfluous, sent his State Minister Niels Annen, who is responsible for the Middle East among other things in the Foreign Office. During the conference, however, he identified more urgent problem areas: On Twitter, Annen dealt with the Hamburg fire service and a break-in in Eimsbüttel.
Apparently he missed the fact that historical peace resolutions had just been initiated next door. At the end of the conference, Annen even complained that the conference missed the topic: “The Warsaw conference should be about peace and security in the MENA region. In the end, it was mostly about Iran. Too simple an answer. Europe acts united and prudent. “
When Israel and the Emirates announced their intention of peace in August, Annen therefore looked completely surprised. That could be a step in the right direction, but it will first be checked carefully, he again explained on Twitter.
It would be too easy to reduce the failure of German Middle East policy to Niels Annen just because the Minister of State is acting particularly clumsily. The German government also reacted cautiously to the peace treaties between the Jewish state and Bahrain and the UAE.
The federal government, cynically speaking, has made quite a contribution to this.
On the one hand, it has repeatedly encouraged the completely corrupt Palestinian leadership in their actions instead of setting red lines. While “never again” is sworn every year on January 27th and November 9th, Berlin accepts the permanent anti-Semitic agitation of the Palestinian Authority with complete indifference. The political foundations are used to finance terrorist attacks against Jews with German taxpayers’ money, without bothering anyone in the federal government.
On the other hand, one always has a warning finger ready for Jerusalem: The former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel finally even identified an “apartheid regime” in Israel. Minister of State Annen insisted on meeting radical Palestinian groups and BDS activists rather than perhaps looking around for actual Palestinian peace activists.
It is therefore not surprising that the Israeli government pays little attention to the peace advice of German experts, but prefers to seek peace with the USA and the Gulf States.
But Berlin also had an impact on the Gulf States: They see themselves threatened by the highly aggressive regime in Tehran. The mullahs, however, rank ahead of the Palestinians in the favor of German foreign politicians: If they break the Non-Proliferation Treaty, they will be rewarded with a nuclear deal that will give them billions of dollars to continue igniting the Middle East.
If you send an agent out to concoct an attack plan against Reinhold Robbe, the former defense commissioner of the Bundestag, it has no consequences – Annen, Gabriel, Steinmeier and Maas could not even bring themselves to a public declaration of solidarity with their comrade.
Minister of State Annen also set special accents here: The Iranian-controlled terrorist militia Hezbollah must not be completely banned in Germany, he demanded a year before it was banned by Interior Minister Seehofer. And with the mullahs, he celebrated 40 years of Islamist terrorism in their embassy in 2019.
German politics – together with Trump’s predecessor Obama – helped the mullahs to confirm their aggressive course and, on the other hand, urged the Gulf states to rethink their hostility towards Israel.
The result was marveled at yesterday on the balcony of the White House: the new alliance of those who are interested in a peace that can certainly be expanded in the Middle East.
The federal government is currently on the other side: it is currently trying to soften an arms embargo against the mullahs’ regime – and will soon be surprised again why it simply does not work with its peace plans.