Letter to Chancellor Merkel on Israel's Right to Self Defense

July 22, 2014

Her Excellency Angela Merkel
Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
Willy-Brandt-Straße 1
10557 Berlin

Dear Madam Chancellor,

We commend your important statement in support Israel’s right to defend itself at this time of great anxiety and danger for the people of Israel in the face of ongoing rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Your comments are consistent with your oft-stated concern for the well-being of Israel and her people, who have been targeted by over 1700 missiles and rockets from Gaza in the last 2 weeks alone.

As a strong and moral voice among European leadership, your clear and unwavering support is especially welcome and appreciated when so many others are subjecting Israel to unfair and harsh criticism, and Jews in Europe and around the world are being vilified with blatantly anti-Semitic rhetoric at rallies and protests against the defensive actions taken by Israel.

We urge you take the lead in Europe to bring an end to the ability of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza to terrorize the civilian population of Israel, while at the same time wantonly putting its own people in the line of Israel’s defense of its sovereignty.  Unless Hamas and other terrorists in Gaza give up their rockets and missiles and are prevented from acquiring or manufacturing more, it is unlikely that a ceasefire will bring sustained calm to the people of Israel and Gaza.


Abraham H. Foxman
National Director