Germany and the German Bundestag reaffirmed their commitment to Israel on October 12th, pledging to stand by the country for as long as necessary and calling for the immediate release of all abductees. Barbel Bass, President of the German Bundestag, emphasized the nation’s unwavering support for Israel in this matter.
In late October, the United Nations voted in favor of a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, with 120 countries supporting the decision. Despite this, Germany chose to abstain from the vote, neither supporting nor condemning Hamas’ actions. Israel’s ambassador to Germany expressed disappointment at this decision, stressing the importance of Germany’s role in monitoring funds to ensure they do not go towards terrorist organizations.
Germany’s support for Israel extended beyond politics and media coverage. Major football clubs such as Bayern Munich and Dortmund hosted families of abductees and expressed their support for Israel. The newspaper “Bild” projected images of the abductees onto its main building, and many Germans praised the media’s fair coverage compared to other international media outlets.
Numerous demonstrations took place throughout Germany showing support for Israel from various sectors of society, highlighting the broad-based nature of this issue within German culture.