Analysis: Making sense of Germany’s vote against Israel in the UN Human Rights Council

BERLIN – In a year full of celebrations marking 50 years of German-Israel diplomatic relations, diplomatic niceties were absent at last week’s UNHRC Gaza report vote in Geneva, where the Merkel administration condemned Israel for its military methods during Operation Protective Edge.

Asked by The Jerusalem Post on Monday why Germany voted against Israel, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry wrote, “Germany led intensive negotiations with EU states in the United Nations Human Rights Council over the draft of the resolution. Thereby important changes of the content of the resolution could be reached, for example, a restriction of the follow-ups to the report of the fact-finding commission.”

The spokeswoman said the “Foreign Ministry stands in a close and constructive exchange with the Israeli Embassy.”

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Analysis-Making-sense-of-Germanys-vote-against-Israel-in-the-UN-Human-Rights-Council-408201

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