IJC Statement Congratulating Chancellor Merkel on Winning German Elections
The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) congratulates Chancellor Angela Merkel on winning an historic fourth term in the German federal elections held overnight.
In the course of her 12 years as Chancellor of Germany, Ms. Merkel has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the State of Israel and the Jewish people, including taking a leading role in the fight against Antisemitism, for which Germany has a unique responsibility to lead.
Chancellor Merkel is indeed a great and true friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish people, both in word and deed.
At the same time, IJC expresses some concern at the disturbing rise of far-right elements in Germany, including their propensity to create an atmosphere in which hatred, bigotry and Antisemitism could flourish.
Chancellor Merkel has shown real, steadfast leadership in the fight against Antisemitism, which has not left Germany immune. We also recognize and commend the German government on its decision last week to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) exhaustive definition of Antisemitism, as well as the leading actions taken by the municipalities of Berlin and Frankfurt against BDS.
In the difficult uncertain days ahead, both for the European Union and Germany, we wish Chancellor Merkel all the success as she navigates these challenges to combat the forces of darkness and create a safe, prosperous and thriving environment both for the Jewish community and all the people of Germany.
IJC looks forward to continuing working with all our friends in Germany in order to help achieve this, as well as to strengthen even further the special relationship with the State of Israel and the Jewish community.
[Photo credit: Federal Government of Germany / Steffen Kugler]