With a joint visit to the Gleis 17 memorial in the morning, both politicians emphasized the bond between the two countries and Germany's ongoing responsibility for the Holocaust. The memorial at Grunewald train station commemorates the beginning of the deportation of Berlin Jews more than 80 years ago.
It is Netanyahu's first visit to Germany since taking office again in December. The visit is accompanied by protests in Germany and Israel. The reasons for this are the legislative plans by Netanyahu's right-wing religious cabinet to restructure the judiciary and the recent intensification of the conflict with the Palestinians.