Merkel lays a wreath at Yad Vashem and delivers a speech, in which she says that every visit at the Holocaust memorial “touches me at the core.”
“The crimes against the Jewish people that are documented here are a perpetual reminder of the responsibility we Germans bear and a warning,” she says, according to a translation provided by the memorial, adding that it was Germany’s responsibility to stand up against antisemitism.
Israel was formed in the wake of the Holocaust in 1948 and the two countries only established diplomatic ties in 1965. But over the decades, those ties have warmed.
— With AP