German Chancellor Angela Merkel began her second day in Israel with a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, in whose guestbook she wrote: “Germany has a responsibility to remember this crime and combat anti-Semitism, xenophobia and hatred in general.
“Eighty years ago, on ” Kristallnacht”, Jews in Germany suffered the greatest hatred and violence ever seen before,” Merkel wrote in the guestbook. “What came next is an unparalleled crime, a breaking point for civilization, the Holocaust. Since then, Germany has had a responsibility to remember this crime and combat anti-Semitism, xenophobia and hatred in general,” she added.
Merkel visited the Hall of Names, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, and visited the Children’s Monument.
Following her visit to Yad Vashem, Merkel received an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa and met with students at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend an exhibition on innovation and a roundtable will be held with the attending entrepreneurs.
Intergovernmental meetings will focus on security, scientific, economic, cultural and cyber cooperation. There will also be a series of discussions and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, which aims to strengthen bilateral relations.
The German Chancellor will hold a working lunch with President Reuven Rivlin at the President’s residence and then give a joint press conference with Netanyahu.