19.03.2011 13.Adar ll, 5771
Twenty years after World War II the Israeli Cabinet approved a German proposal to formalize ties between the two countries.
Twenty years after World War II, 17 years after the State of Israel was founded and 13 years after a violent national saga nearly halted Holocaust reparations, Israel and West Germany formally established diplomatic relations. On March 14, 1965, the Cabinet approved a German proposal to formalize ties between the two countries.
After the Holocaust, and in the first years of the State of Israel, a highly emotional and sometimes violent opposition sprouted against accepting reparations from Germany. The largest and most famous of the incidents took place in a cloud of tear gas in Jerusalem as the Knesset was debating accepting the reparations package….