His statements have indeed triggered discussion, in addition to calls for defying the recommendation.
The contest lured expected calls for boycotts by Israel-haters, but the show went on—almost without a hitch—at the Expo Tel Aviv convention center. During the vote tally, representatives from other countries praised Israel’s top-notch production.
On May 8, 2018, US Ambassador Richard Grenell arrived in Berlin and quickly made an impact in Germany. Orit engages the Ambassador for a 30-minute interview for the leading German online political magazine, Achgut.com, in which he looks back on his year in Berlin and the issues that are important to him: improving the transatlantic alliance, an authentic approach to diplomacy, NATO and the Iran deal, support for Israel, and LGBT rights.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center gives astounding insights into the German-Israel-Jewish relationship, some of which are worrying. Germany’s insistence on trading ties with Iran, its increased funding to UNRWA, the overlooking anti-Semitism of the Left, and Holocaust memorialization are just some of the issues discussed.
In 1984, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem established the Carl Melchior Chair for International Policy, but mostly, people have hardly heard of him. If only the Museum would hold true to its name and dedicate more of its resources to such important German-Jewish figures instead of politicized, interfaith exhibitions, then perhaps the legacy of people like Melchior would be more justly redeemed.