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Israeli president speaks with German counterpart on eve of Kristallnacht

Israeli President Isaac Herzog expressed his thanks for the support and friendship of the German people in fighting modern-day antisemitism

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Latvia in 2018. Credit: Gints Ivuskans/Shutterstock.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Latvia in 2018. Credit: Gints Ivuskans/Shutterstock.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog spoke by phone on Thursday night with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who reiterated his heartfelt solidarity with the Israeli people following the murderous attacks by the Hamas terror organization on Oct. 7.

Herzog explained Israel’s ongoing battle to uproot Hamas’s terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip and the continued efforts to secure the release of as many as 240 hostages being held in the coastal enclave.

He stressed the deep pain of the families and the entire nation as Hamas continued to hold men, women, children, Holocaust survivors and babies as young as 10 months old. He noted that despite no information being provided on their well-being or any access given to the Red Cross, Israel continued to facilitate significantly increased delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza’s civilian population.

He also noted the symbolic significance that they should be speaking on the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass,” when Jewish businesses were torched in Germany and Austria overnight on Nov. 9-10, 1938, and Jews were attacked, tortured and killed by Nazis on the streets.

Herzog concluded the call by expressing his thanks for the support and friendship of the German people in fighting modern-day antisemitism.

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