Berlin-based Ofer Waldman of the New Israel Fund (NIF) says the Israeli government’s position on NGOs like his is dictated by domestic concerns and he believes this was why PM Benjamin Netanyahu recently snubbed German FM Sigmar Gabriel.
Iran's foreign minister hit out at the US and Israeli "fixation" on his country during the final day of the Munich Security Conference. Israel's representative, meanwhile, called Iran a "grave danger to the Middle East."
Anti-Semitism continues to be a serious problem. But it is also being instrumentalized and used as a blanket rebuke of anyone who criticizes Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, says Ofer Waldman.
The Israeli government has urged the European Union to halt funding to non-governmental organizations that promote boycotts against the Jewish state. Israel has come under criticism for its treatment of the Palestinians.
Benjamin Netanyahu has made good on a promise to cancel talks with the German foreign minister if he met with human rights groups during his trip to Israel. The PM has criticized the organizations for being anti-Israel.
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