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Israeli President visited Kiel University

Reuven Rivlin spoke to students about German-Israeli relations



A particular honour for Kiel University in its 350th jubilee year. Upon invitation by Federal President Joachim Gauck, the President of the Israeli State, Reuven Rivlin, visited Germany from 10 to 13 May. This official visit is connected to the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany, which began on 12 May 1965. As part of this, the Head of State came today (Wednesday, 13 May) to the Schleswig-Holstein university. In Kiel, Rivlin spoke with around 120 students and 40 scientists about the German-Israeli relations. The Israeli ambassador in Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, as well as numerous international guests, also participated in the event.

In his welcome speech, Lutz Kipp, the President of Kiel University, described the significance that scientific freedom, freedom of the press and an independent justice had for the last 70 years on Germany's democratisation and the integration of the country into the European and international community. Particularly science could reveal unforeseen opportunities in overcoming conflicts, said Kipp. "At Kiel University, we firmly believe in the spirit of free sciences and the power of critical reflection. Both can make a contribution towards pacifying conflicts between states and nations. The crucial requirement for this is to listen to each other and strive to find the best method. Universities are good places in which to develop such an understanding and to create trust and peace."

The President of the Israeli State, Reuven Rivlin, expressed: "The relations between Israel and Germany have never been a matter of course. They have been created over 50 years, on the basis of shared values. Today, the friendship between the two countries is not only one between the governments, but also between the peoples. It is a friendship that lives and that is strengthened by us and by Germany. Over the past decades, Israeli and German young people have worked together to make the world a better place. One example of this friendly cooperation can be seen in the wonderful projects that I have seen during my official visit. I would like to thank the young people who have been involved in joint projects for the mutual exchange. They are a constant reminder that a world in which mutual understanding and compassion exists is worth working for. It is these young people who repeatedly give us hope for a better future."

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On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of starting diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany, the President of the Israeli State, Reuven Rivlin, explained how he views the situation in the Middle East to students from Kiel University.
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At Kiel University - enthusiastically promoting a trusting collaboration between Israel and Germany: the President of the Israeli State, Reuven Rivlin.
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At Kiel University - enthusiastically promoting a trusting collaboration between Israel and Germany: the President of the Israeli State, Reuven Rivlin.
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Students from Kiel University ask the President of the Israeli State questions. Student Marcel Kodura, for example, wanted Reuven Rivlin to describe the image Germany has in Israel today.
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Students from Kiel University ask the President of the Israeli State questions. Student Lucie Chamlian, who is of Armenian descent, wanted Reuven Rivlin to define the term 'genocide'. She also wanted to know whether, from his perspective, the recognition of genocide by the state is a requirement for a peaceful coexistance.
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A few minutes before, the doctoral candidate Sebastian Bruns (left of Chamlian) asked for Israel's expectations in Germany's foreign policy. He was referring to remarks made by the German Federal President Joachim Gauck, who recently demanded that Germany must step up to more robust international responsibility in the light of of the rapidly deteriorating international security situation.

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A President of the State who wants to speak to students: In response to the question by student Pascal Andresen regarding how, in a single-state solution for Israel, the dialogue with the Palestinian side could be designed, Rivlin described the Israeli perspective in great detail. The complexity of the situation means that a quick solution is unlikely. The will for peace must come from all sides.
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