Germany's Relations with Israel: Background and Implications for German Middle East Policy
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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Along with the United States, Germany is widely considered one of Israels closest allies. Germanys commitment to Israels sovereignty and security has historically been the strongest influence on its policy in the Middle East and a key factor in its cooperation with the United States in the region. However, debate surrounding Israels August 2006 request for German ground troop participation in a United Nations U.N. mission on the Israeli-Lebanese border, increasing German advocacy for a more proactive European Union EU role in the Middle East, and shifting perceptions of Israel in the German public have brought attention to what many consider a changing role for Germany. Indeed, the October 2006 deployment of a German naval contingent off the Lebanese coast marks the first time German troops have been stationed so close to Israeli soil, and German leaders have announced their intention to work toward reviving European and international engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process during Germany s EU presidency in the first half of 2007.
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