Netanyahu Visits a Disapproving Germany
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Berlin today. Netanyahu won a free and fair election and is by far the most popular leader in Israel—but many in Germany share Israel’s left-wing opposition to him and would like to see him ousted.
Two weeks before his visit, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock voiced concerns over Israel’s judiciary reform and considerations to reintroduce the death penalty against terrorists. From the top of the government down to common demonstrators, Netanyahu is facing backlash in Germany.
We abroad are concerned about some Israeli legislative plans.
That’s because this is not a reform in the conventional sense, but a disempowerment of the Supreme Court.
—Peter Lintl, Israel expert at the think tank Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
In the coming days, pretty much everything will be called into service that is somehow possible, because of course we have to expect that this visit will not meet with the approval of everyone in our city.
—Police union statement