Jerusalem Report

Best friends forever?

As a younger generation comes to power in Germany, the special relationship could be hurt without progress with the Palestinians.

FORTY-NINE years after they established diplomatic ties, relations between Israel and Germany are still fraught with intrinsic ambivalence. Germany is without doubt Israel’s best friend in Europe. But the pall of Holocaust memory remains heavy.

And although German leaders are still driven by recognition of Germany’s historic debt to the Jewish people, they feel uncomfortable with Israel, the occupying power.

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