On the occasion of Rosh Hashanah, I would like to convey my very best wishes for the New Year to all my Jewish fellow citizens and their families and friends – in Germany, Israel and around the world – and to extend to them a heartfelt “Shana Tova”.
I am delighted that Jewish life has once again taken its firm and rightful place at the heart of Germany and at the centre of our society. Given the legacy of the Shoah, I consider the fact that Jews have so much trust in our country and are pleased to live among us once again to be a gift that we must preserve and protect.
There is nothing I wish for more in the New Year 5776 than peace and security in the Middle East. Germany will do its utmost to support Israel and its neighbours on the path towards understanding. Only lasting peace will guarantee the security of the citizens of Israel. This responsibility for ensuring the security of the Israeli people remains a cornerstone of German foreign policy.
Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier