On the occasion of Rosh Hashanah 5778, I wish all our Jewish fellow citizens, their families and friends a happy and blessed New Year 5778!
That we in Germany once more have a large Jewish community is a precious gift which – mindful of the Shoah, the ultimate betrayal of all civilised values – we accept with gratitude and humility.
Even today, unfortunately, there are repeated incidents of hostility towards people of the Jewish faith – in the playground, in the street or on the Internet. That is completely unacceptable. Due to its historical responsibility, but also out of conviction, Germany strives with firm resolve to counter anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism and to foster human rights, tolerance and understanding among peoples.
I, too, will always work to ensure that the Jewish community can practice its religion in freedom and security in our country.
I would also like to send a cordial “shana tova” to Israel and other parts of the world where Rosh Hashanah is being celebrated. This year in particular, I would like to express my desire for peace and security in the Middle East in addition to my New Year’s wishes. The ongoing conflicts and unrest there pose a threat to Israel, as well as to security in the region and in Europe. Germany will continue to advocate that we seek joint and durable solutions for them.
Germany’s solidarity with Israel is unwavering. Israel’s right to exist must never be called into question. Relations between Germany and Israel are of immense depth and of extraordinary breadth today. The close ties between our countries are something of a miracle. We will continue our united efforts to ensure that these links remain close.
I wish you all a happy and relaxing celebration!