GERMANY - Citizenship Tied to Israel Loyalty

Arno Froese

Effective immediately, those applying for German citizenship in the east-central state of Saxony-Anhalt must declare their support for Israel’s right to exist. This “commitment” is part of new language that state interior minister, Tamara Zieschang, informed relevant authorities about in a ministerial decree.

Naturalization law is made at the federal level, but it’s up to each of the 16 states to implement it. A similar Israel clause is currently under consideration in the Bundestag, the German parliament, which would then apply nationwide.

Would-be citizens already submit to a thorough background security check, and declare their readiness to uphold the Basic Law, which acts as Germany’s constitution. Among other fundamental rights is equal protection for all people regardless of background or group belonging.

With its focus on foreigners, her decree however would do nothing to combat the biggest threat to Jews and other minority groups in Germany. Crime statistics regularly show that homegrown white supremacy far exceeds any threat posed by foreign sources. 

Zieschang grounded her decision in Germany’s “reason of state,” a quasi-legal justification that makes Israel’s security a national interest for Germany. The term was used by Angela Merkel, who as chancellor in 2008 used the term in an address to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.

Almost all German officials are on board with declaring Israel Germany’s “reason of state.” Chancellor Olaf Scholz has doubled down on this commitment many times since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing about 1,200 people there., 8 December 2023

Arno's Commentary

The former East German land (state) of Saxony-Anhalt is the territory where the city of Wittenburg is located—known for the church where Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses against the dominance of Rome. The city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.

It is of interest that the Soviet Union and her allies did not bomb the city into ashes as they did with nearby Magdeburg.

When it comes to religion, a 2018 poll shows 11.9% Protestant, 3.3% Catholic, and 82.8% non-religious—usually an indication of agnosticism or atheism. Yet, strangely, it is this part of Germany that requires residents applying for German citizenship “to pledge allegiance to Israel.” 

Jewish citizens who lost their citizenship during the Nazi regime, can obtain citizenship going back three generations. Otherwise, it was most difficult to obtain citizenship, even for foreigners who were born, raised, and educated in Germany. All that has changed: “The amendment would allow children of foreign parents to automatically acquire German citizenship by birth if one parent has been a legal resident in Germany for five years. Previously, the requirement was eight years.”

In Israel, Arabs cans obtain Israeli citizenship without “the need to pledge allegiance to Israel.” A Google search reveals that about 2 million Arabs—approximately 20% of the country’s population—are citizens and permanent residents in Israel.

We note the article emphasizes “the biggest threat to Jews … homegrown white supremacy.” That, incidentally, is quite evident throughout the European world.

What we do know is that Jews around the world will sooner or later fulfill the prophetic Word: “Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there” (Ezekiel 39:28).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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