On October 12, Germany and the German Bundestag reaffirmed their commitment to Israel by stating that they will stand by the country for as long as necessary and called for the immediate release of all abductees. Barbel Bass, President of the German Bundestag, emphasized the country’s unwavering support for Israel in this matter.
In contrast, at the end of October, the United Nations voted in favor of a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, with 120 countries supporting the decision. Germany abstained from the vote, neither supporting nor condemning the actions of Hamas. Israel’s ambassador to Germany expressed disappointment at this decision, stressing the importance of Germany’s support in monitoring funds to ensure they do not go to terrorist organizations.
However, major football clubs in Germany such as Bayern Munich and Dortmund took a different approach by hosting families of abductees and expressing their support for Israel. The newspaper “Bild” also projected pictures of the abductees on its main building, while other German media were praised for their fair coverage compared to other international media.
The support for Israel extended beyond these sectors as many tangible demonstrations of support were seen from various sectors in Germany. This shows that despite political differences and disagreements, there is still a strong bond between Germany and Israel that remains unbroken.