Austrian government’s platform refers to Israel as Jewish state for first time

Austrian government’s platform refers to Israel as Jewish state for first time, Israel Hayom, Eldad Beck and Israel Hayom Staff, December 17, 2017

(Please see also, Austria: New Government to Resist “Islamization”. DM)

Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz | Photo: GettyImages

The move by Kurz’s nationalistic Freedom Party to include these points in the new government’s platform indicates its new policy with respect to Israel and Austria’s Nazi past.

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The new Austrian government, headed by conservative Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz, has, for the first time, included a clear reference to Israel’s Jewish character in its new platform.

The platform also states Austria’s commitment to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process based on the two-state solution, with aim of meeting Israel’s security needs while establishing a viable Palestinian state.

So far, Germany has been the only European nation whose government, under Chancellor Angela Merkel, has recognized Israel’s Jewish character.

The new government’s platform also includes explicit references recognizing Austria’s culpability in the Holocaust. This, too, is a political precedent, as the government has pledged to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Anschluss, the annexation of Austria to the Nazi Reich, which takes place next year, and the Holocaust, as “one of the greatest tragedies in human history.”

The move by Kurz’s nationalistic Freedom Party to include these points in the new government’s platform indicates its new policy with respect to Israel and Austria’s Nazi past.

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