Germany to assist Israelis in states where they have no embassy

BERLIN Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:03am EST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to cast her votes after a debate about deputy allowances and graft at the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to cast her votes after a debate about deputy allowances and graft at the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin February 21, 2014.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is to offer Israeli citizens consular assistance in states such as Indonesia or Malaysia where Israel has no official diplomatic representation, under a new deal to be signed by Angela Merkel when she visits Jerusalem next week.

Israel's ambassador to Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, said the offer was "a special message" from Germany and underscored the importance of relations between the two countries.

Chancellor Merkel travels to Jerusalem on Monday with her cabinet for consultations between the two governments.

Germany is often at pains to stress the responsibility it feels for the security of the Jewish state because of the Holocaust - the Nazis' slaughter of 6 million Jews in World War Two. Israel lacks diplomatic relations with some Muslim states.

(Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Stephen Brown)

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rgbviews wrote:
Israel needs to be working for respect in the world community, but instead it festers in the paranoia of endless persecution. Religious extremists play on this paranoia to conduct violations of human rights and international laws. The extremists lead Israel into isolation and away from integration in the world community.

It is sad when a country fears showing its flag around the world.

Feb 22, 2014 12:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
Aaron343 wrote:
Israel and Germany have two of the strongest economies in this recession so it makes sense for them to work together. Both countries also export high quality goods so it’s a natural relationship to have.

Feb 25, 2014 8:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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