Over the past 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 feels that Germany has a special responsibility with regard to 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 distinctive role of historical events in shaping Germany’s political culture.
Therefore, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has developed a program aimed at bringing together the younger generation of Germans and Israelis to work together to overcome the challenges of the present and to explore new paths into the future.