President Rivlin spoke of the need to deal with fascism, neo-fascism and anti-Semitism.

President Rivlin to President Steinmeier:

“We appreciate the efforts taken by the German authorities to protect and to secure German Jews, and still there is more to be done, and the fight has to be without hesitation or compromise. We must learn from this incident to make sure that nothing similar ever happens again.”



President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Thursday 10 October / 11 Tishrei, spoke to his counterpart President Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, and asked him to take uncompromising action against anti-Semitism and strongly condemned yesterday’s attack on the synagogue in Halle, in eastern Germany.


During their conversation, the president said “We appreciate the efforts taken by the German authorities to protect and to secure German Jews, and still there is more to be done, and the fight has to be without hesitation or compromise. I appreciate your willingness and the willingness of the Chancellor to express your personal support for the Jewish community and your visit to the synagogue earlier today.”


President Rivlin added, “We are partners in the fight against anti-Semitism and neo-Facism. We must learn from this incident to make sure that nothing similar ever happens again. Facism, neo-Facism and anti-Semitism are a source of concern for the whole world,” he stressed.


President Steinmeier: “Mr President, I feel your pain, concern and fear and I share it. I said in my statement today that it is not enough to deplore and denounce. The German state has to live up to its responsibility to protect Jewish life. The vast majority of Germans who want that must be more active and more vocal. Tonight, I will speak in honor of the head of the German Jewish community, Charlotte Knoblauch, and I will take the opportunity to repeat these messages again.”


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