According to a recent survey conducted by the Bertelsmann Institute, over a third of Germans nowadays equate Israeli policies toward Palestinians with Nazi policies toward Jews. The study also shows that Germans skeptical on Israel, but Israelis view Germany favorably.
Results of the survey found that some 58% of Germans say the past should be consigned to history, while three-quarters of Israelis reject the idea of putting the past behind them.
The survey, also showed that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict profoundly affected the Germans approach towards the Jewish people and the way Germans view Israel.
Some 2,000 people, Israelis and Germans participated in the survey. It appears that over a third of the Germans equate Israeli policies toward Palestinians with Nazi policies toward Jews. Compared to a similar study conducted in 2017, it is an alarming negative attitude toward Israel, as the previous study showed only 30% of the Germans shared this view.
According to the study, which was published by the AP, some 48% of the Germans approach toward Israel is “negative”, 62% of them share the same view on the Israeli government.
On the other hand, Israelis view Germany differently as 68% of them think Germany has a positive image and only 24% view Germany negatively.
“In Germany, the persecution of Jews is viewed as a dark chapter in German history, but not as an essential part of its identity; quite the opposite, Germans would prefer it as an anomaly,” the authors of the study wrote in an analysis of their findings.