The current Spotlight explores different interpretations of Germany’s Staatsraison – or raison d’état – which emphasize Germany’s commitment to defending Israel’s national security. This component has played a crucial role in German-Israeli relations to date. The recent attempts (January–June 2023) by Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government to overhaul the Supreme Court have left Israeli society facing extreme tension and have shaken the country’s sense of national unity. Since 1965 and especially in the post Cold War period, German Staatsraison has meant defending Israel’s security – but with the assault on Israel’s democracy, can it continue with the same purpose in the future? This Spotlight discusses how this development might impact German-Israeli relations.
Ben Aharon, Eldad (2023): Outlook on German-Israeli Relations. German Staatsraison and Netanyahu‘s Coalition Contentious ‚Judicial Reform‘, PRIF Spotlight 6/2023, Frankfurt/M, DOI: 10.48809/prifspot0623.