The Special Relationship Between Germany and Israel
German-Israeli relations are facing new challenges. In the past few decades Germany and Israel have developed a strong relationship. Yet it is a relationship that the younger generation no longer accepts as a given. As the Holocaust recedes into history, the majority of Germans no longer feel that Germany has a special responsibility for Israel, a view that is not shared by Israelis. In addition, many Germans see Israel primarily through the lens of current events, especially the conflict in the Middle East. Conversely, many Israelis do not fully appreciate the significance that historical events play in shaping Germany’s political culture.
German-Israeli relations have also acquired a new dimension thanks to the process of integration taking place in Europe and developments in the Middle East. Germany’s policy vis-à-vis Israel does not exist in a vacuum, but is embedded in Europe’s Middle East policy. The Middle East is of vital importance to the future of Europe, and energy security, migration, security policy and terrorism are challenges facing Europe, Israel and the Arab world alike.
The Bertelsmann Stiftung has been organizing the German-Israeli Young Leaders Exchange since 2000. The exchange is an innovative program designed to promote dialogue and understanding among next generation German and Israeli leaders as a way of laying the foundation for a common future.
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