Austrian politics has been rocked by “Ibiza-gate” allegations that the country’s vice chancellor was discussing the possibility of a foreign citizen investing into a local newspaper in exchange for favourable media coverage.
Rudolf Adam, a former diplomat and deputy head of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service, claims that the scandal that turned Austria’s politics upside down was orchestrated by Israeli secret services.
Writing for the political magazine Cicero, Adam argues that the plan to bring down Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache with an explosive video leak was unlikely to have been hatched by the United States, which is currently “fully occupied with Korea, Iran and China”.
Nor could be Russia behind the “political assassination”, as Adam puts it, given that the now-former vice chancellor had been advocating closer ties with Moscow.
No European service “could and should” do such a thing, Adam maintains, while China and the Arab countries appear to have little interest in Austrian domestic politics.
“All that remains is a state that has the human and technical capacities for such an operation and a clear motive: Israel,” he continues.
Rufold Adam, who has worked in German embassies in Moscow and in London, points out that Jewish communities in Europe are afraid of a rise in anti-Semitic sentiment and Holocaust denial, which could pose an existential threat to the State of Israel.
He claims that Strache embodies “deep-seated anti-Semitism” and a “trivialisation” of Nazi atrocities, so Israel had to react.
“Israel has a survival interest in the EU pursuing an Israel-friendly policy. This line has already been controversial among EU members. A triumph of political parties close to the FPO could initiate a turnaround here and bring the EU as a whole into a more Israel-critical line,” he claims.
Ironically enough, Adam himself was accused of anti-Semitism following the publication of his opinion piece.
According to Israeli newspaper Ynetnews, the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), the foremost Rabbinical alliance in Europe, said that the attempt to blame Israel for Strache’s downfall is “reminiscent of classic anti-Semitism” and cannot be ignored.