50 Years of German-Israeli Diplomatic Relations

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel. On May 12, 1965, the two countries exchanged ambassadors for the first time since the start of World War II. The relationship between Germany and Israel has only grown stronger ever since.

Angela Merkel and Benjamin Netanyahu Enlarge image German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands at the end of their joint press conference in a Jerusalem hotel on February 25, 2014. (© dpa) Today, Germany is Israel's largest trading partner in Europe. The two nations also collaborate in the fields of science, security and counterterrorism, and have developed a unique interest in one another's cultures.

To mark the 50th anniversary, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has scheduled a visit to Germany in May. Throughout the year, numerous events, such as the European Maccabi Games, will be held in honor of this date.

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Chancellor Merkel Welcomes Israeli President Rivlin in Berlin

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was in Berlin this week visiting with Federal President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel. His visit fell on an important date: the 50th anniversary of Germany-Israeli ties.

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History

Fifty years ago, Germany and Israel agreed to establish diplomatic relations – an important move that was led by West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. The agreement was made on May 12, 1965, marking the start of diplomatic relations that have only grown stronger ever since.

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Marking the Anniversary

Political leaders from Israel and Germany have gathered to honor the anniversary date that led to today’s deep-seated friendship and partnership between the two nations.  

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Remembrance

Germany is profoundly aware of the special responsibility it bears toward the Jewish community and toward the State of Israel as a result of the crimes of the Nazi regime. This responsibility, a cornerstone of German policy, requires remembrance, reconciliation and ongoing vigilance - now and in the future.

Maccabi Games

Events

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel, the 2015 European Maccabi Games will be held in Germany for the first time. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art will also will display 72 of its masterpieces at the Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum in Berlin.

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Culture

In Berlin, the New Synagogue stands in the heart of the city, its majestic golden dome glistening as part of the city’s skyline. In Tel Aviv, the Goethe Institute’s German language courses are filled to capacity as Israelis increasingly choose to study German. Israeli culture has found its way to Berlin, while interest in Germany continues to rise in Israel.

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Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off in Berlin

Foreign Minister Steinmeier opened the 21st annual Jewish Film Festival this weekend in Berlin. The festival is the largest and oldest forum for Jewish and Israeli films in Europe.

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Science & Education

Years before Germany and Israel established diplomatic relations, scientists and researchers from both countries were already working together, eager to reestablish the productive collaboration that the Nazi regime had put to a violent end.

Ambassador Peter Wittig

Interview: Ambassador Peter Wittig

In an interview, German Ambassador Peter Wittig discusses the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli relations and what it means to him.

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50 Years German-Israeli Relations

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The governments of Germany and Israel have collaborated to put together a joint website celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between their two countries. Read about German-Israeli politics, business collaboration, research, culture, sports and more!

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Jewish Life in Modern Germany

New Synagogue

Germany's multicultural capital is becoming a thriving center for Jewish life. With thousands of young Israelis choosing to settle in Berlin, Jewish culture is once again flourishing in the city's majestic synagogues and vibrant community gatherings, enriching its art scene and turning it into a popular destination for the Jewish traveler.

Historic Responsibility

Historic Responsibility

Germany is profoundly aware of the historic responsibility it bears toward the Jewish community and toward the State of Israel as a result of the crimes of the Nazi regime. This responsibility, a cornerstone of German policy, requires remembrance, reconciliation and ongoing vigilance - now and in the future.