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President Wulff makes first trip to Israel

The Local · 28 Nov 2010, 09:57

Published: 28 Nov 2010 09:57 GMT+01:00

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During his three-day visit, Wulff who flew into Tel Aviv will meet his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Wulff, 51, was elected in June and is Germany's fifth president to pay an official visit to Israel.

His predecessor Horst Köhler in 2005 laid a wreath at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem memorial to the six million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust and also addressed the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

Wulff will also visit the Holocaust memorial during his trip. "In this official visit, I see a sign of our responsibility towards the existence of Israel and the very relationship between our two countries," Wulff said in an official statement before leaving Germany.

He also linked responsibility towards Israel to "the fight against anti-Semitism."

A quarter of a century ago, Richard von Weizsaecker became the first German president to visit Israel in 1985.

In March 2008, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited 60 years after the Jewish state was founded in the wake of the Holocaust, also laying a wreath at Yad Vashem.

"The Holocaust fills us Germans with shame," Merkel, the first German chancellor born after World War II, told the Knesset during her visit. "I bow before the victims, I bow before the survivors, and before all those who helped them so they could survive."

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Several Israeli lawmakers stayed away from the chamber, however, in protest at the chancellor speaking in German. The two countries set up full diplomatic relations in 1965 and Germany is now one of Israel's closest partners in Europe.


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11:05 November 28, 2010 by mixxim
The israelis have built their own concentration camps and emulated the Reich's treatment of the Warsaw ghetto by their indiscriminate bombing of Lebanon. If there is one rogue state that has not progressed since 1945 it must be Israel.
12:07 November 28, 2010 by Viva Melita
I hope he has enough courage to remind them that their ferocious atrocities against innocents is not going unnoticed. But I doubt he does.
17:17 November 28, 2010 by gogo99
F**K the haters ! Long live Israel !
17:21 November 28, 2010 by Avidror
@ mixxim & Viva Melita

Two comments, two examples of hate and historical inaccuracy.
19:07 November 28, 2010 by Viva Melita

Since when has truth become hate?. You are denying innocent people are killed in Palestine by Israel?
20:50 November 28, 2010 by dbert4
Well, when Iran gets the "BOMB", the situation will come into balance. But then that is what Israel is afraid of isn't it? too bad Israel.
04:44 November 29, 2010 by Jasmine33
I think it was a favorable move for President Wulff to make the trip to Israel as he did, as the article stated others did before. It is quite shameful the blight that Hitler brought upon Germany.

However, the article also states that Israeli lawmakers protested about Chancellor Merkel speaking German. No condemnation of the German language at all, but since English is one of the universal languages of the world why did she not speak it as a neutral communication with the people of Israel?
04:04 November 30, 2010 by Avidror
@ Viva Melita

No, I'm not denying that innocent Palestinians have been killed. What I'm trying to tell is that there is too much bias and manipulation about the Arab-Israeli conflict. Many people judge about it without some sort of historical knowledge.

For example, you've written about innocent Palestinians who have been killed by Israelis, but what about innocent Israelis who have been killed by Palestinians? Or what about innocent Palestinians who have been killed by fellow Palestinians?

Why do so many people consider Palestinian ideological violence a consequence of Israel's policies, when that one happened first? Why Palestinian ideological violence is compared to Warsaw ghetto's Jews when these ones never attacked innocent civilians as Hamas always did? Why must Israel be boycotted when the cell phone industry is directly involved in the coltan trade, which has been causing wars deriving in many more deaths of innocent civilians than the Arab-Israeli conflict? Why is Israel criticized when it commits targeted killings against its enemies when it has been recently discovered that N.A.T.O. (and not the just the U.S., but also Germany) do the same in Afghanistan?

I never listened any single Holocaust survivor seeking Germany's annihilation as so many Arabs and muslims (even those who live in countries never bombed by Israel) usually do.

Just watch this video, please.

16:22 November 30, 2010 by DOZ
To many people trying to Control Israel and the Palestinians. Evil is always present everywhere. Don't talk Peace, live Peace. Talk is cheap.
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