Berlin's former ambassador to Tehran cites personal reasons for not taking the job, but criticism of Israel might play a role. Germany, France and UK are trying to launch a barter-based trade system with Iran to help offset the effects of United States sanctions on Tehran. Bernd Erbel, a 72-year-old former German ambassador to Tehran, told the foreign ministry in Berlin this week that he would not be available to take over the role as Instex chief for "personal reasons". Erbel's decision follows a report in German tabloid Bild that drew attention to a YouTube interview in which Erbel voiced criticism of Israel and its role in the Middle East and showed sympathy for Iran's ambitions to develop a ballistic missile programme. ... The three EU countries, also known as E3, are trying to set up Instex as a barter-based trade conduit with Iran. In April, Iran established the Special Trade and Finance Institute designed to mirror Instex. Read here: https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/...ran-trade-vehicle-instex-190809151617360.html ----- Mr. Erbel should know better than to criticize Israel. That is a big NO NO!!