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Croatian President Ivo Josipovic requested forgiveness from Holocaust survivors
in his address to the Knesset on Wednesday.
“Some members of my nation
worked to systematically destroy parts of humanity [in World War II],” Josipovic
said. “We must look in our hearts, at the darkest stain in our
history. We must know: The snake is weak, but it is still
He added that an apology is not enough, and that he hopes his
country will pass a law to reimburse survivors and their descendants for
property they lost during the Holocaust.
Josipovic also called for peace
and cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians, saying that a two-state
solution will come from mutual recognition of the two sides.
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset about possibilities for economic
cooperation between Israel and Croatia, which he had discussed with
Netanyahu added that he believes Croatia is committed to good
relations with Israel and to stand up against “barbaric phenomena,” such as the
“slaughter in Syria” and the “murderous declarations from Iran.”