On October 12, Germany and the German Bundestag reaffirmed their commitment to Israel by stating that they will stand by the country for as long as necessary and called for the immediate release of all abductees. Barbel Bass, President of the German Bundestag, emphasized the country’s dedication to Israel in this matter.
In contrast to Germany’s political stance, at the end of October, the United Nations voted in favor of a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, with 120 countries supporting the decision. Germany abstained from the vote, neither endorsing nor condemning Hamas’ actions. Israel’s ambassador to Germany expressed disappointment at this decision and emphasized the need for Germany’s support in monitoring funds to ensure they do not go to terrorist organizations.
In addition to political support, major football clubs in Germany such as Bayern Munich and Dortmund hosted families of abductees and expressed their support for Israel. The newspaper “Bild” projected pictures of the abductees on its main building, and the German media was praised for its fair coverage compared to other international media.
The support for Israel extended beyond political and media spheres with various sectors in Germany showing tangible demonstrations of solidarity with Israel.